Mental Health Rehabilitation

What is Mental Health Rehabilitation?

At IHCS Behavioral our team believes Mental Health Rehabilitation is the process of restoration of community functioning and well-being of an individual diagnosed with a mental or emotional disorder and who may be considered to have a psychiatric disability. Mental health rehabilitation, or MHR, is a state federally funded program for Medicaid recipients struggling with severe psychiatric disorders that significantly affect their level of functioning.

Mental Health Rehabilitation is a form of rehabilitation that focuses on helping people recover lost skills in coping with the demands of everyday life and restoring relationships that may have become strained or damaged due to mental illnesses or some type of substance use disorder. MHR may take place in a controlled environment, such as a clinic and/or within the client’s community. At IHCS Behavioral, we can work with the patient and his or her family to determine the most effective course of treatment for the individual.

In many cases, Mental Health Rehabilitation is part of a larger rehab effort aimed at helping an individual escape from some form of addiction. Often, addiction seriously impacts the ability and the desire of the addict to engage in normal social interaction, pay attention to hygiene, and in general deal with simple tasks that most people perform each day. As a result of the abuse of various substances, the individual may actually lose the skills to function in society. By addressing the emotional and mental components of the addiction and retraining the patient to function as part of the surrounding community, he or she can recapture those lost abilities. This form of rehabilitation can also be helpful for people recovering from depression, severe anxiety disorders, and severe psychiatric disorders. This type of treatment can often be managed successfully on an outpatient basis through our MHR program. In this form, the treatment program attempts to reorient the individual to a state of perception that is devoid of the negative emotions that shaped the patient’s worldview during his or her illness. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is one form of mental health rehabilitation that is often successful with people who are overcoming severe anxiety disorders, in that the therapy helps defuse the fear that sometimes grips the patient when attempting to engage in normal social activities.

There are both individual and group forms of Mental Health Rehabilitation. Individual therapy efforts normally involve working one on one with the patient to regulate the use of any medication necessary to maintain a balanced emotional state, as well as regular online therapy sessions that support the patient in re-entering society. The group therapy may include special classes that address common issues such as understanding their diagnosis, their medications, grooming, preparing meals, and simple social skills that help the patient deal with common tasks such as grocery shopping, attending a party, or having a meal with friends.

Like addiction treatment and other forms of therapeutic regimens, Mental Health Rehabilitation is a process that may take months or even years to complete. During that time, the client is likely to enjoy periods when progress comes easy, and other times when forward movement is almost non-existent. As the rehabilitation continues, it is important for loved ones to be supportive and make it a point to acknowledge each step forward, no matter how small it may seem. With the right treatment and proper support, it is possible for the patient to reenter society and enjoy life once more.

For more information on MHR Services or other IHCS Behavioral services, feel free to call 561-899-9140 and an Intake Coordinator will be happy to take your call and direct you to the appropriate department.

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