Brief Treatment Model

  • Mental health treatment in the home, at school, or a community-based site, in settings where the help and support is most needed for the youth and his/her family
  • A service that can begin just days after a referral is made
    • Psychological evaluation is not required at intake, allowing services to start much sooner than traditional BHRS
  • Either a “step-down” or a “step-up” program depending on the child’s previous treatment
    • A step-down from intensive treatment programs such as partial hospitalization, residential programs, or family-based mental health services
    • A step-up from services such as lower-level therapeutic staff support (TSS) or outpatient therapy
  • A short-term program with a maximum length of 36 weeks
    • 24 week authorization with the possibility of a 12 week extension
    • Up to 3 non-consecutive, 2-week booster sessions within 1 year after the service has ended are also available for stabilization if the child is struggling after discharge

The Nulton Difference

Not all Brief Treatment programs are alike. At Nulton Diagnostic & Treatment Center, children and families can rest assured knowing that our services are backed by:

  • More than 15 years of experience providing community-based mental health care to children, adolescents, and adults
  • Treatment plans designed with long-term outcomes in mind, with results measured according to the well-respected Child and Adolescents Needs and Strengths (CANS) scale
  • Effective partnerships with area psychiatrists and other physicians, schools, case managers, social service agencies and other members of a child’s treatment team
  • A coordinated approach to care that simplifies the process for the child and the family

Getting Started

The BTM program is available for children in grades K-12 who qualify for Medical Assistance. To make a referral, please complete our referral form or call our Bedford office at 814-624-3121 and ask to speak with Christy Fetterman