PM 21-04-03-a.

Screening is the first step that identifies a person with a possible mental health problem.

  1. (Worker) Ask the person if there are any obstacles that prevent them from achieving self-sufficiency.
  2. (Worker) Tell the person that any disclosure is voluntary.
  3. (Worker) Offer the person a list of commonly used services (e.g., training, education, vocational services, alcohol and substance abuse counseling, mental health services, family therapy, etc.) and ask the person if they feel any would help them become self-sufficient.
  4. (Worker) When necessary, refer the client via the RD&C Referral (Form 2151C) to a mental health treatment provider.

    NOTE: The person must sign the Consent for Disclosure statement on the back of the referral form to allow the treatment provider to respond regarding their treatment. 

    1. Update the Service Plan in VCM or enter Activity Code 715, Referral to Outside Entity, in Item 60.
  5. (Mental Health Service Provider) Completes the mental health assessment and determines:
    • if the person has a mental health problem;
    • the nature of the problem;
    • the extent to which the person is able to make decisions;
    • if the person is under a court order of guardianship;
    • the suitability of a work assignment or plan for employment;
    • the need for reasonable accommodations;
    • the provision of auxiliary aids and services and communication assistance; and
    • the need for training and education prior to employment.
  6. (Mental Health Service Provider) Returns Form 2151C to the FCRC indicating if the person was accepted for services. Updates the Family Community Resource Center ongoing on the client's progress via Form 2151B.
  7. (Worker) 7. If the person is accepted for services, update the Service Plan in VCM or enter the Activity Code 788, Mental Health, in Item 60.
    1. Provide supportive services to support the treatment plan.
    2. Engage the client in other appropriate Work and Training activities, unless the treatment provider advises that it is detrimental to the client's treatment plan.
  8. (Worker) If the client is not accepted for services, help the client revise their RSP.
    1. Update the Service Plan in VCM or enter the new Activity Code in Item 60, or close-out code 999 if the client is no longer in an activity.

If the person is already in treatment for a mental health problem, do not refer for an assessment. Do the following.

  1. (Worker) Add the treatment plan to the RSP.
  2. (Worker) Consult with the treatment provider to see if an SSI referral is appropriate. If so, refer the person to the Social Security Administration to file an SSI application.

NOTE: The person must sign the Consent for Disclosure statement on the back of the referral form to allow the treatment provider to respond regarding their treatment.