Targeted Case Management
Targeted Case Management is a Medicaid funded service that aims to eliminate barriers to treatment by addressing the social, emotional, educational, and vocational needs of clients. Targeted Case Managers work closely with the client and their family to assist in navigating mental health care, while advocating for their needs across domains of functioning.
Case Managers work with the client to provide care plans that include individualized goals and objectives aimed to support the entire treatment team and wrap services around the client to be successful in the mental health treatment journey.
A one size fits all approach to Case Management is outdated and does not offer clients the help and attention they need to find suitable resources and solutions. Our method of personalized Targeted Case Management offers a tailored and individual approach that can be modified as necessary to accommodate the specific needs of every client. Our individual approach allows Case Managers to be creative in finding solutions that will benefit the client. Overall, our goal is to ensure that all qualified individuals have someone to advocate for their needs and help them find resources within their communities that will promote healthy living.
In Kentucky, there are three classifications for eligibility for targeted case management services. These are children with severe emotional disabilities, adults with severe mental illness, and any individual with a substance use disorder.
Children with severe emotional disabilities: A child who possesses a diagnosable, serious disorder under DSM-IV such as pervasive developmental disorder, childhood schizophrenia, schizophrenia of adult-type manifesting in adolescence, conduct disorder, affective disorder, other disruptive behaviors, or other disorders with serious medical implications such as eating disorders, or persistent involvement with alcohol or drugs.
Adults with severe mental illness: Serious Mental Illness is characterized as any mental health condition that seriously impairs anywhere from one to several significant life activities including day to day functioning. Common diagnoses associated with SMI include bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and major depressive disorder. People experiencing SMI experience symptoms that can prevent them from having successful experiences that contribute to a good quality of life, due to social, physical, and psychological limitations of their illnesses
Substance use disorder: Substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically significant impairment, including health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home. Mental health and substance use disorders affect people from all walks of life and all age groups. These illnesses are common, recurrent, and often serious, but they are treatable and many people do recover. Mental disorders involve changes in thinking, mood, and/or behavior. These disorders can affect how we relate to others and make choices. Reaching a level that can be formally diagnosed often depends on a reduction in a person’s ability to function as a result of the disorder.
WHAT AREAS OF YOUR LIFE CAN A CASE MANAGER HELP YOU WITH?
I never felt like I could ask people for help, or that it would really change anything if I did. My case manager helped me to get the support I needed to be successful in school. I feel like a different person since I started therapy and working with my case manager to achieve my goals. – Sammy
At first I really didn’t understand what a case manager could do for me. I didn’t realize how much of a support they could be and I definitely would not have my own apartment, have custody of my kids back, or my sobriety if I didn’t have the support of my case manager. – Anna
I was so scared to start the process of treatment because it had failed so many times before. I felt like giving up on ever feeling better. Some days are still better than others but I have been able to start working on what I can do in my life to make a difference for me. My case manager has helped me to see what supports I have in my life and how I can use these supports to achieve my goals. – Bailey