Mental Health

Psychiatry

Options For Independence is excited to have Caroline A. Campion, MD on our team to provide child psychiatry services through the telemedicine program at Tulane Medical Center as well as Pamela Dupont, Psychiatric and Family nurse practitioner in the office on Wednesdays and Fridays  to provide  both adult and youth psychiatry.  Both  Dr. Campion and Pam Dupont  work closely with our social workers, case managers and nurse to ensure that each Participant receives a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and treatment appropriate to the individual’s needs to reduce the negative symptoms of mental illness in their daily life.

If you are interested in receiving more information about the Psychiatry program please contact Addie Duval at aduval@op4in.com or (985) 868-2620. If you are interested in completing a referral to this program, please see the referral form on the contact page and fax to (985) 868-8547.

Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)

Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an evidence-based intervention designed for working with youth in early childhood (0-5 years old) who have experienced at least one traumatic event (e.g., maltreatment, the sudden or traumatic death of someone close, a serious accident, sexual abuse, exposure to domestic violence) and, as a result, are experiencing behavior, attachment, and/or mental health problems, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The primary goal of CPP is to support and strengthen the relationship between a child and his or her parents/guardians/ caregivers as a vehicle for restoring the child’s sense of safety, attachment, and appropriate affect and improving the child’s cognitive, behavioral, and social functioning.

If you are interested in receiving more information about the CPP program please contact Rebecca Hoffman-Spears  at rhoffmann-spears@op4in.com or (985) 868-2620. If you are interested in completing a referral to this program, please see the referral form on the contact page and fax to (985) 868-8547.

Multisystemic Therapy

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive family- and community-based treatment program that focuses on addressing all environmental systems that impact chronic and violent juvenile offenders — their homes and families, schools and teachers, neighborhoods and friends. MST recognizes that each system plays a critical role in a youth’s world and each system requires attention when effective change is needed to improve the quality of life for youth and their families. MST works with the toughest offenders ages 12 through 17 who have a very long history of arrests.

  • MST clinicians go to where the child is and are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • They work intensively with parents and caregivers to put them in control
  • The therapist works with the caregivers to keep the adolescent focused on school and gaining job skills
  • The therapist and caregivers introduce the youth to sports and recreational activities as an alternative to hanging out

The MST team at Options for Independence has been recognized on a national level for its outstanding achievement in service provision. If you are interested in receiving more information about the MST program please contact Addie Duval at aduval@op4in.com or (985) 868-2620. If you are interested in completing a referral to this program, please see the referral form on the contact page and fax to (985) 868-8547.

 Functional Family Therapy

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is built on an integrated theoretical foundation, and systematic research evidence that demonstrates its efficacy and effectiveness for reducing serious criminal behavior in youth. As a true family therapy, FFT targets the family relational system as the entry point and primary target for systematic and individualized treatment. The FFT clinical model is appealing because of its clear identification of specific phases. Each phase includes specific goals, assessment foci, specific techniques of intervention, and therapist skills necessary for success designed to guide the therapist in working with the family to meet the short term and long term treatment goals.

The major goals of Functional Family Therapy are to:

  • Engage and motivate youth and their families by decreasing the intense negativity (blaming, hopelessness) so often characteristic of these families. Rather than ignoring or being paralyzed by the intense negative experiences these families often bring (e.g., cultural isolation and racism, loss and deprivation, abandonment, abuse, depression)
  • Reduce and eliminate the problem behaviors and accompanying family relational patterns through individualized behavior change interventions. During this phase FFT integrates a strong cognitive/attributional component into systematic skill-training in family communication, parenting, problem solving, and conflict management skills.
  • Generalize changes across problem situations by increasing the family’s capacity to adequately utilize community resources, and engage in relapse prevention.

If you are interested in receiving more information about the FFT program please contact Dayna Price at dprice@op4in.com or (985) 868-2620. If you are interested in completing a referral to this program, please see the referral form on the contact page and fax to (985) 868-8547.

 

Community Psychiatric Support and Treatment For Youth

The Youth CPST (community psychiatric support and treatment)/PSR(psychosocial rehabilitation)  Community Based Services Program is a community, school and home based support and skill building program designed to provide children and adolescents with strategies and treatment options for improved behavioral health management.  Goal-directed supports and interventions are designed to address the individualized needs of each youth.

  • The program is approximately 6 months in duration.
  • Intensity of services is based upon the individualized needs of each youth.
  • Home, school, and community visits occur throughout service provision.
  • Parent/Guardian involvement is highly encouraged.
  • Behavior Contingency Plans are introduced and recommended as part of treatment.
  • Skill building activities including anger management, communication, socialization, conflict resolution, etc, are an integral part of the treatment process

 If you are interested in receiving more information about the CPST  program for youth please contact Misty Robichaux at mrobichaux@op4in.com or (985) 868-2620. If you are interested in completing a referral to this program, please see the referral form on the contact page and fax to (985) 868-8547.

Community Psychiatric Support and Treatment For Adults

The Adult Community Based Services Program is a community and home based support and skill building program designed to provide emotional support and skill development for participants with mental illness.  One of the main objectives of the program is to help participants strengthen long-term ties to services, family/friends and other resources.  Goal-directed supports and interventions are designed to enhance independent living skills and build effective support networks. The Adult Community Based Service Program is approximately nine months in duration.  The intensity of the services is based on the individual needs of the person served. During the course of service provision, participants can be assisted with the following service themes.

  • Behavioral Health/Physical Health Monitoring and Skill Building
  • Referrals to and Advocacy with Community Resources
  • Independent Housing / Housing Stability
  • Benefit Obtainment
  • Mediation with Natural Supports
  • Skill Development of Life Skills

If you are interested in receiving more information about the CPST program for adults please contact Katie Champagne at kchampagne2@op4in.com or (985) 868-2620. If you are interested in completing a referral to this program, please see the referral form on the contact page and fax to (985) 868-8547.