Intensive Community Supports
The Intensive Community Support (ICS) program provides short-term, flexible rehabilitative services to individuals who are seeking to prevent an unnecessary psychiatric hospitalization or in need of temporary transitional support and stabilization upon leaving an inpatient unit. Services may be delivered in the community or through our site-based respite service, where individuals receive 24-hour staff supervision and support.
ICS features a team of professionals that includes, among others, a psychiatrist, a nurse, a social worker and a peer specialist. Individuals who do not already receive medication services in a community setting may receive this service from the program psychiatrist. The team is also able to offer extensive medication monitoring and education. The social worker performs a comprehensive clinical assessment and works with each individual to develop a person- centered, recovery-oriented action plan. The peer specialist provides support, role modeling, and direct teaching of self-advocacy skills.
Intakes are conducted immediately upon referral and admissions occur at the moment the individual needs the service. Services are individualized and flexible, with the primary goal to address each person’s unique needs. The ICS program is time-limited. As individuals become ready for discharge, they are linked to longer-term services in the community.
Referrals to ICS are made only through the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.