Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment

CPST workers are licensed counselors, social workers, and other trained clinicians who offer a range of treatment services. CPST services are tailored to each client and family’s needs. CPST services are provided in the client’s home, school, and/or community as appropriate to teach the client and family the skills they need to overcome problematic behaviors associated with anger, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, loss, family conflict, developmental delays, and boundary issues. CPST services are focused on improving the client’s ability to succeed in his/her school and community, identify and access needed services, and improve behaviors with family and friends.


Activities of the CPST service shall consist of one or more of the following:

  1. Ongoing assessment of needs
  2. Assistance in achieving personal independence in managing basic needs as identified by the individual and/or parent or guardian
  3. Facilitation of further development of daily living skills, if identified by the individual and/or parent/guardian
  4. Coordination of the Individual Service Plan (ISP), including:
    1. Services identified in the ISP
    2. Assistance with accessing natural support systems in the community
    3. Linkages to formal community service/systems
    4. Symptom monitoring
  5. Coordination and/or assistance in crisis management and stabilization as needed
  6. Advocacy and outreach
  7. As appropriate, provide training and education to the family that is related to the specific needs of the client
  8. Mental health interventions that address symptoms, behaviors, thought processes, etc., that assist an individual in eliminating barriers to seeking or maintaining education and employment
  9. Activities that increase the individual’s capacity to positively impact his/her own environment

 The methods of CPST service delivery shall consist of:

  • Service delivery to the person served and/or any other individual who will assist in the person’s
    mental health treatment
    1. Service delivery may be face-to-face or by telephone
    2. Service delivery may be to individuals or groups
  • CPST services are provided in locations that meet the needs of the clients, for example: home, school, a community setting