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Family Based Mental Health Services—Autism Specific

Family Based Mental Health Services facilitate the stabilization and long-term behavior change of adolescents and young adults ages 10-21 with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The guiding principle of Family Based Mental Health Services (FBMHS) is that children grow up best in their own homes, so there is an emphasis on families as partners and resources in treatment planning and in ongoing treatment.

Support for each family is tailored to fit their individual strengths and needs, and each family takes an active role in their own treatment. This unique program combines the effective structural and family focused approaches of FBMHS with evidenced-based ABA interventions in order to address the needs specific to the child with an ASD diagnosis and their family.  Extensive assessments, including a Functional Behavior Assessment, and data monitoring are used to drive treatment, with the clinical supervision provided by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. 

Families receive up to 32 weeks of intensive support, provided by a team of clinicians: a master’s level Mental Health Professional and a bachelor’s level Mental Health Worker.  Together, the clinical team provides both therapeutic and behavior supports to the family with an emphasis on functional alternative behaviors, self-regulation, problem-solving, and executive functioning skills. Unique to KAS, our service also allows for an additional bachelor’s level Mental Health Worker, who can provide direct 1:1 support to the child, as needed, to provide the frequent exposure to intervention strategies needed to build new skills and to assist in the transfer of skills to caregivers.

FBMHS also offers case management services, coordination with schools and other systems involved with the family, financial supports related to treatment, and on-call services available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for support in family crises.

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