Mentoring services are adaptive skill building and integration services provided in person for a youth in home, school or community settings in order to help the youth maintain his participation in those settings. Mentoring may only be provided for youth at risk of out of home or residential placement or for youth under six at risk of removal from their current setting. Mentoring is provided under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional and according to the youth’s rehabilitation goals. The focus of the services is to:
- Improve or restore the youth’s functioning in identified areas of impairment to prevent or minimize the need for more restrictive levels of care
- Assist the youth to develop communication skills, self-management of psychiatric symptoms, and the social networks necessary to minimize social isolation and increase opportunities for a socially integrated life
- Assist the youth to develop daily living skills and behaviors necessary for maintenance of relationships, an appropriate education, and productive leisure and social activities
- Immediately intervene in a crisis situation to refer the youth to necessary and appropriate care and treatment
Face-to-face consultation with family members, teachers or other key individuals may be included. Mentoring may only be provided if a youth also receives other mental health services. It is not provided at the same time as other mental health services.