Providing Mental Health Services to TANF Recipients: Program Design Choices and Implementation Challenges in Four States. Intensive Case Management


Mental health counselors or other mental health staff may also provide more intensive case management that includes working with clients to develop basic life skills such as managing their time, setting goals, and budgeting their money. It may also include linking clients to other types of services in the community (e.g., substance abuse treatment, domestic violence service, homeless shelters, food pantries, etc.). In Clarksville, Tennessee, and St. George, Utah, master's level mental health clinicians are paired with bachelor's level workers to provide intensive case management and mental health services. In these arrangements, the bachelor's level workers primarily provide the intensive case management, leaving the clinicians more time to conduct assessments and provide short-term treatment. Western Palm Beach County Mental Health Clinic, a contracted mental health service provider in Belle Glade, Florida, hired one intensive case manager exclusively for welfare recipients.

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