Skill Building Services

Mental Health Skill Building is a program to assist individuals in their recovery to build the skills needed to be as independent as possible in the community.  The treatment focus is to assist individuals in their living skills such as medication management, health and safety, community integration and activities of daily living.


Who may benefit from these services?  

Individuals must demonstrate a clinical need for this service, which arises from a condition due to mental, behavioral, or emotional illness and results in significant impairments to major life activities. 

To be eligible for services, the individual must:

  • Have a serious mental illness;
    • Require individualized training to acquire basic living skills, which could include symptom management, adherence to medication regimen, development and appropriate use of social skills and personal support system, personal hygiene, food preparation, or money management;
    • Have a history including psychiatric hospitalization, residential crisis stabilization, Intensive Community Treatment (ICT) or Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT), placement in a psychiatric residential facility or Temporary Detention Order; and
    • Have a prescription for anti-psychotic, mood stabilizing, or antidepressant medications within the 12 months prior to assessment.

Transitional Housing

Middle Peninsula Northern Neck (MPNN) Community Services Board (CSB) operates two recovery houses, Discovery 1 and Discovery 2 for individuals who experience mental health disorders or co-occurring disorders. Each house has six transitional beds and two beds for individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Both houses provide a stable resident for individuals working towards recovery. Residents are expected, as their treatment plan identifies, activities during the daytime to assist in their recovery.

Permanent Housing

MPNN CSB has partnered with Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through section 8121 to provide Supportive Housing for Persons with Mental Health Disabilities. These two residential programs are:

  • Turning Point is a six bed residential program for adults with serious mental illness. Residents enjoy a home-like setting where they live and work together as a family. Each individual is responsible for aspects of daily management of the home. Residents learn to manage their illness and activities of daily living. This Home offers permanent housing although residents may leave at any time given an advanced 30 day notice. Residents of Turning Point benefit from a Project Rental Assistance Contract through HUD.
  • Woodland Point Apartments is a residential opportunity for persons with serious mental illness who demonstrate the ability to live independently or with the assistance of skill building services. This complex offers ten one bedroom apartments, two bedroom apartments and a community room with laundry facilities. The location of Woodland Point Apartments offers close proximity to the following locations:
    • Banks
    • Churches
    • Employment
    • Grocery Stores
    • Hospital
    • Retail Shopping
    • Transportation Services

Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT)

PACT is a multidisciplinary team approach to provide mental health and substance use disorder services to individuals in their home. Team members deliver these individualized services directly to persons with severe mental illness who have not met success with traditional approaches. Team members share responsibility for services, are cross trained, and familiar with all individuals receiving services.

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Forensic Services

Forensic Services refers to individuals diagnosed with a mental illness or suspected mental illness who are also involved with the Courts. MPNN CSB provides forensic mental health services in three different ways:

  • Restoration Services: For individuals who have been found Incompetent to Stand Trial, the Court often orders that efforts be made to restore these individuals to competency. Community Based Restoration Services are for individuals who reside in the community or individuals who are incarcerated. Inpatient restoration services are conducted at the state hospital level with the support and coordination of staff from the Intensive Community Services (ICS).
  • Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI): These are individuals who have been acquitted of a crime committed because they were deemed “insane” at the time of the offense. Intensive Community Services (ICS) provides discharge planning if the individual is in the state hospital. Conditional Release development is also a provided service for individuals who are in the state hospital level or in the community-based level. If the Courts approve a Conditional Release Plan for these individuals, ICS provides case management and other identified services while monitoring the Conditional Release Plan.
  • Criminal Temporary Detention Order: This refers to individuals who are currently incarcerated but in need of emergency psychiatric care at the state hospital level.