Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS)


Family Support Services, Inc. (FSSI), the sister company of Nystrom & Associates, Ltd., exclusively provides Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS). Skills therapy involves activities that restore a client’s skills essential for managing his or her illness, treatment, and the requirements of everyday independent living.

Who is Eligible for Skills Therapy?

  • Adults ages 18+
  • Patients who have received a recent diagnostic assessment by a qualified mental health professional that indicates ARMHS services are medically necessary
  • Patients who have a substantial disability and functional impairment in three or more areas, thus markedly reducing self-sufficiency
  • Patients who have the cognitive capacity to engage in and benefit from rehabilitative services techniques and methods
  • Patients who have Medical Assistance or a Prepaid Medical Assistance Product (GAMC not eligible)

Basic Living & Social Skills:

Skills therapy involves activities that restore a client’s skills essential for managing his or her illness, treatment, and the requirements of everyday independent living.

What Basic Living & Social Skills Are Taught?

  • Managing the symptoms of mental illness
  • Managing a household
  • Planning for employment
  • Pursuing education
  • Re-entering community living after treatment
  • Communicating opinions, thoughts, feelings, or key information with others
  • Discovering and using community resources to get needs met
  • Getting outside help to deal with a difficult situation
  • Preventing relapse
  • Budgeting and shopping
  • Developing a healthy lifestyle
  • Learning to get around the community
  • Monitoring use and effectiveness of medications

*Patients must be on Medical Assistance or a Prepaid Medical Assistance Product

Community Intervention:

Community intervention helps to alleviate or reduce a recipient’s barriers to community integration or independent living, or to minimize the risk of hospitalization or another more restrictive living arrangement. This is provided on an individual basis and may be conducted with an agency, institution, employer, landlord, and recipient’s family, with or without the presence of the recipient.

Medication Education Services:

Medication education services are provided individually or in groups that focus on educating the recipient about mental illness and symptoms; the role and effects of medications in treating symptoms of mental illness; and the side effects of medications. Medication education is coordinated with medication management services and does not duplicate it. Medication education services are provided by physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, or registered nurses. 256B.0623 subdivision 2 (b).

Transition to Community Living Services:

These are services that maintain continuity of contact between the rehabilitation services provider and the recipient and which facilitate discharge from a hospital, residential treatment program under Minnesota Rules, chapter 9505, board and lodging facility, or nursing home. Transition to community living services is not intended to provide other areas of skills therapy.

Current Counties Served:

Metro Area: Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Le Sueur, McLeod, Ramsey, Rice, Scott, Sherburne, Wright, and Washington.

Northern Metro: Benton, Kanabec, Isanti, and Wright.

Central Minnesota: Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Crow Wing, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Itasca, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Pope, Stearns, Todd, and Wadena.

North Eastern Minnesota: Carlton, Lake, Pine, and St. Louis.

Northern Minnesota: Clay, Polk, and Wilkin.

Southern Minnesota: Blue Earth, Brown, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Goodhue, Martin, Nicollet, Olmsted, Sibley, Steele, Watonwan, Wabasha, Waseca, Winona.

For more information on our programs and scheduling, please contact our coordinators.

Forms for this program can be found on our Patient Forms page by clicking here.

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