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Intensive Residential Treatment (IRT) Teams

Intensive Residential Treatment (IRT) Teams work with people during discharge from state hospitals. IRT help individuals who have struggled to remain in community settings such as adult family homes (AFH) or assisted living facilities.

IRT provide intensive behavioral health care to the individual in their facility to help them transition to a lower level of care.

The teams

IRT teams provide services 16 hours a day, five days a week. They work with individuals who live in adult family homes or assisted living facilities after discharge from a state hospital. Services are delivered where the client lives or other appropriate community setting.

Each team has:

  • A dedicated prescriber (availability and hours to be determined) or (prescriber will be available part-time)
  • Two full-time registered nurses (RN)
  • Two full-time mental health providers (MHP)
  • Two full-time peer counselors

The teams provide recovery based treatment designed to promote stability, safety, and help the individual transition to a lower level of care. The teams provide medication management to the clients and primary mental health services based on individual need. The entire team is trained in some form of cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis (CBT-p) based on their qualifications.

Pilot program

HCA will pilot a new discharge wraparound service program. The program will help transition individuals who are leaving a state hospital into an Aging and Long Term Supports Administration (ALTSA) licensed facility.

Four teams were selected to be funded by the legislature based on regional need and interest. These teams started providing services during the summer and fall of 2020.

These teams are located and operated by the following:

  • Great Rivers-Community Integrated Health Services
  • King-Recovery International
  • Pierce-Recovery International
  • Spokane – Passages Family Support

IRT startup webinar

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