Oakland County Health Network assumes screening for young children
Beginning earlier this month, all non-emergency, public mental health access and eligibility functions for children up to age 6 are being assumed by Oakland Community Health Network.
This is the final phase of a transition process that began in summer 2015. It was then that OCHN announced plans to reduce administrative duplication and enhance service delivery for people by taking responsibility for all non-emergency, public mental health access and screening functions for children up to age 6.
Until recently, Community Living Services-Oakland, Easter Seals and Macomb-Oakland Regional Center provided eligibility and screening services, with or without private insurance. OCHN was providing screenings for children ages 6 and older.
With the change, these organizations will now only provide these services to children who have private insurance. OCHN is now overseeing eligibility for all children who do not have private insurance.
OCHN non-emergency, screening assessments available for children up to age 6 with Medicaid include:
• DECA — Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (infants and toddlers to age 3)
• PECFAS — Preschool and Early Childhood Functional Assessment Scale
• M-CHAT — Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers
• Intellectual/Developmental Disability
The screening process helps to determine how a child’s needs can be met, based on the severity and urgency of the situation. Screenings can be requested by calling OCHN’s non-emergency telephone number at 248-464-6363. Parents or guardians can also visit OCHN’s Access department at the Resource and Crisis Center, 1200 N. Telegraph, Bldg. 32E, in Pontiac.
Hours of operation for OCHN’s non-emergency access and screening services are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday (7 p.m. is the latest time a screening can begin) and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (4 p.m. is the latest time a screening can begin). People are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.
While OCHN is responsible for non-emergency access, screening and eligibility functions for the public mental health system, Common Ground continues to meet the emergency needs of Oakland County residents. Common Ground is also located in the Resource and Crisis Center and can be reached through the agency’s helpline at 800-231-1127.
For more information about OCHN, call 800-341-2003 or go to www.oaklandchn.org.
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