ECCM Mental Health Blog

Considering Residential Treatment Centers

Posted on September 19th, 2019 at 1:44 PM
Considering Residential Treatment Centers

A residential treatment facility monitors and manages the medical, psychological, and behavioral health of individuals, preparing them for safe and productive returns to the outside world if and when possible. Ideally, the individual will be able to focus solely on recovery without distraction or worry and enjoy better progress and results after the treatment. 

 

Residential treatment facilities can be categorized by how long they care for individuals, the issues or diagnoses they specialize in, and the methods or approaches they use in their treatments. 

  

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The Key Dimensions of the Pennsylvania Individual Support Plan

Posted on August 19th, 2019 at 10:23 AM
The Key Dimensions of the Pennsylvania Individual Support Plan

The Key Dimensions of the Pennsylvania Individual Support Plan 

An Individual Support Plan (ISP) lays the groundwork for caring for an individual with a developmental disability, such as autism. It is completed during the intake process to provide mental health services providers with a set of best practices centered around an individual’s (Person-Centered Planning) level of ability or functionality, as well as personal preferences, wants, and needs. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Individual Support Plan form clocks in at 34 pages. Here we break down each of the main sections and what they are trying to accomplish.

  

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Mental Health: Neuropsychological Testing for Adolescents

Posted on July 26th, 2019 at 10:30 AM
Mental Health: Neuropsychological Testing for Adolescents

Adolescence is a chaotic period for most people, but it can be especially trying for those struggling with cognitive or behavioral impairments. See if neuropsychological testing can benefit you or a loved one.

  

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Mental Illness and Incarceration

Posted on June 12th, 2019 at 11:08 AM
Mental Illness and Incarceration

Is it a crime to be sick? Statistics show that individuals with mental illnesses are over four times more likely to be arrested for minor offenses than their mentally sound counterparts. Many of today’s prisons have become de facto psychiatric facilities, trying but often failing to keep with the special needs of their inmate patients.

  

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Functioning with Autism as an Adult

Posted on June 6th, 2019 at 9:52 AM
Functioning with Autism as an Adult

Most cases of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Level 2 or 3 are identified at a very young age. The brain is most malleable before age 5, which makes early intervention programs, such as the one provided by Erie County Care Management, critical for the patient’s best long-term outlook.

 

But what about individuals classified as “high functioning?” Aspects of these individuals’ behavior may seem “off,” but they may otherwise be able to sustain a relatively independent lifestyle. In these cases, ASD may not be properly identified until early adulthood.

  

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How the Early Intervention Process Works

Posted on May 9th, 2019 at 9:01 AM
How the Early Intervention Process Works

The ECCM Early Intervention Program takes advantage of the natural learning opportunities that occur throughout the daily routine of the child and their family.

  

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How the Adult Autism Waiver Program Works in Pennsylvania

Posted on March 27th, 2019 at 2:10 PM
How the Adult Autism Waiver Program Works in Pennsylvania

Learn more about the statewide Adult Autism Waiver program and how it works in Pennsylvania. ECCM is an Adult Autism Waiver supports coordination provider in Northwestern Pennsylvania.

  

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4 Important Early Childhood Milestones

Posted on February 20th, 2019 at 11:13 AM
4 Important Early Childhood Milestones

Knowing the things your child should be doing by 3 is a very important part of learning. Learning about the stages of development is essential and can help guide you through your child's developmental milestones, and give you a sense of security that your child is developing correctly. You will watch, as your baby progresses through the 5 types of development: physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language.

  

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3 Ways to Conquer Mealtime with an Autistic Child

Posted on January 22nd, 2019 at 2:00 PM
3 Ways to Conquer Mealtime with an Autistic Child

Many parents who have autistic children face similar struggles when it comes to mealtime. Sometimes their children won't eat, sometimes they overeat, and sometimes they may even have an extreme fear of unfamiliar foods and textures. Learn more about what you can do as a parent to help alleviate the stress and chaos of mealtime.

  

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3 Myths About Early Intervention Services

Posted on December 27th, 2018 at 11:50 AM
3 Myths About Early Intervention Services

Learn about a few common myths regarding early intervention services.

  

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