IRTS: Program Description

Arrowhead House East is licensed by the State of Minnesota as an Intensive Residential Treatment Service (IRTS). The program provides intensive mental health and dual diagnosis treatment for an adult co-ed population of up to sixteen recipients for a maximum of 90 days. Extensions of treatment are possible with a prior authorization based on medical necessity. Professional staff includes a Mental Health Professional as Clinical Director, a Registered Nurse, 7 Mental Health Practitioners and 9 Mental Health Rehab Workers that provide 24-hour care and supervision of recipients.

Treatment modes adhere to standards that have been designed using Evidence Based Practices. These practices were developed over several years through research and pilot projects. They are the most up to date methods in providing individual treatment, focusing on learning the skills to manage one's disability and pursuing personal goals.

The core concepts of Illness Management and Recovery and Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment are provided by twice weekly group sessions with individual sessions as needed. Family Education, another Evidence Based Practice, is available at an individual's request. In this process, family members can participate in the treatment and education their relative receives through one to one sessions facilitated by a Mental Health Practitioner. To encourage this, staffing patterns are coordinated to make participation available 7 days per week, around a family member's schedule.

Additional groups enhancing the concepts of Evidence Based Practices and skill building include: daily structure, support resources, socialization, recreation, leisure time activities and independent living skills training. Each individual will also work with their Mental Health Practitioner to begin planning discharge week one to learn of post-discharge housing options.

Upon entering treatment, an individual will progress through a Step System, allowing increased levels of independence as appropriate based upon safety concerns and the level of individual functioning displayed.

Individuals referred for treatment must meet admission criteria and be on a medical plan that funds Intensive Residential Treatment Services. Examples of this funding are Medical Assistance, a Prepaid Medical Assistance Plan or Private Funding. Admission criteria and additional programmatic information can be obtained by contacting us.