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Intensive Services

Intensive ServicesTraditional outpatient therapy isn’t enough for some clients. Severe emotional, mental health or behavioral issues may call for a more rigorous course of action. Services provided in the home and community can have a profoundly positive impact on clients. The ultimate goal is to stabilize a person’s mental health while maintaining a productive and positive life in the community.


Crisis stabilization is direct mental health care to non-hospitalized individuals of all ages experiencing an acute crisis. The goals are to avert hospitalization or re-hospitalization, provide normative environments with a high assurance of safety and security for crisis intervention, stabilize individuals in psychiatric crisis, and mobilize the resources of the community support system, family members, and others for ongoing maintenance and rehabilitation.

Criteria for Admission: Clients must be experiencing an acute psychiatric crisis as determined by a clinician. The crisis must jeopardize their current community living situation.
Known in many professional circles as multidimensional treatment foster care (MTFC), Horizon’s sponsored residential placements provide a high level of structure, supervision and support to children and adolescents who have been placed out of their homes.

Specially trained “professional parents” take our clients into their homes for six to nine months. The goal is to eventually reunite each client with his family or guardian. Horizon’s program combines the work of the professional parent with a team of clinicians to identify and teach new skills to each child. The goal is for them to be more cooperative and successful in the home.

Family therapy is also a focus of treatment. Each case has an assigned family therapist who works to teach the family how they can better support and encourage the client’s positive behavior.

Criteria for Admission: When a clinician determines that a child’s behavior can no longer be maintained in the home, this service can be recommend. It can also be used as a step-down placement from a residential psychiatric facility in order to ensure family reunification and stability.

The reasons leading to out of home placement are many, but might include:

  • School problems

  • Defiance

  • Substance use

  • Delinquency

  • Legal involvement

  • Challenges related to significant anxiety or depression
On call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, our crisis intervention team aims to stabilize individuals in a psychiatric crisis and prevent hospitalization, if possible. In addition, they help the client and family locate community resources that will provide ongoing support, treatment and rehabilitation.

Should you or someone you love need adult crisis intervention, rest assured we treat every client with compassionate care. The hope is to provide them with the coping skills, support services and follow up treatment that will prevent another mental health emergency.

Criteria for Admission: Crisis intervention services are provided following a marked reduction in the individual's psychiatric, adaptive, or behavioral functioning or an extreme increase in personal distress.
PACT was designed to help clients recover from severe episodes of mental health crisis. Within this program Horizon provides an array of services that help clients remain stable and live independently in the community.

Clients are referred to PACT by Horizon’s Access team or a case manager. Other clients join PACT while transitioning from state hospitals or jails.

The PACT program provides an array of intensive services that are highly individualized. The Horizon team works in collaboration with medical providers to ensure each client gets the physical and mental care they need to live a healthy and productive life. Services provided include:

  • Assistance with activities of daily living

  • Medication management

  • Linkage to community resources

Criteria for Admission: The person must be at high risk for psychiatric hospitalization or for becoming or remaining homeless due to mental illness. The client might also require intervention by the mental health or criminal justice system due to inappropriate social behavior. In addition, a client in need of PACT services will have a history (three months or more) of a need for intensive mental health treatment or treatment for co-occurring disorders (serious mental illness and substance abuse) and is resistant to seeking out and utilizing appropriate treatment options.