DMHAS WISE Program: Money Follows the Person

Description: WISE (Working for Integration, Support, and Empowerment) is a mental health waiver program operated by the Department of Mental Health and Addictions Services (DMHAS) and the Department of Social Services (DSS) for Medicaid individuals with serious and persistent psychiatric disabilities who either live in a nursing home, or are at risk of institutional placement. This waiver program permits Connecticut to provide a comprehensive array of home and community-based services that enable individuals to live safely in the community.

There are several support services that may be included in an individual's recovery plan. Marrakech is credentialed to provide the following:

Community Support Program (CSP)

CSP consists of mental health and substance abuse rehabilitation services and supports necessary to assist the individual in achieving and maintaining the highest degree of independent functioning. The service utilizes a team approach to provide intensive, rehabilitative community support, crisis intervention, group and individual psycho-education, and skill building for activities of daily living. CSP includes a comprehensive array of rehabilitation services most of which are provided in non-office settings by a mobile team. Services are focused on skill building with a goal of maximizing independence. Community-based treatment enables the team to become intimately familiar with the participant's surroundings, strengths and challenges, and to assist the participant in learning skills applicable to his/her living environment. The team services and interventions are highly individualized and tailored to the needs and preferences of the individual.

The supervisor, Team Leader, must be a licensed clinician; staff shall hold either a bachelor's degree in a behavioral health-related specialty (may include special education or rehabilitation) OR have two years experience in the provision of mental health services (may include special education and/or services to persons with developmental disabilities) OR be a Certified Peer Specialist. A CSP provider must meet the State of Connecticut certification standards to provide CSP services as defined by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), this will be determined by a site visit.

Recovery Assistant (RA)

A flexible range of supportive assistance provided face-to-face in accordance with a Waiver Recovery Plan that enables a participant to maintain a home/apartment, encourages the use of existing natural supports, and fosters involvement in social and community activities. Service activities include: performing household tasks, providing instructive assistance, or cuing to prompt the participant to carry out tasks (e.g., meal preparation; routine household chores, cleaning, laundry, shopping, and bill-paying; and participation in social and recreational activities), and; providing supportive companionship. The Recovery Assistant may also provide instruction or cuing to prompt the participant to dress appropriately and perform basic hygiene functions; supportive assistance and supervision of the participant, and; short-term relief in the home for a participant who is unable to care for himself/herself when the primary caregiver is absent or in need of relief.

RA staff must be supervised by a licensed clinician. The RA must have completed the DMHAS Recovery Assistant Training and have received the Certification or have USPRA Certification

A Recovery Assistant shall:

  • Be at least 18 yrs old;
  • Possess at least a high school diploma or GED;
  • Possess a valid Connecticut driver's license; and
  • Be registered with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) as having completed an approved Recovery Assistant training program and will be able to meet any continuing education and/or training requirements set by DMHAS.

Transitional Case Management

Services provided to persons residing in institutional settings prior to their transition to the waiver to prepare them for discharge, or during the adjustment period immediately following discharge from an institution to stabilize them in a community setting, and to assist them with other aspects of the transition to community life by helping them gain access to needed waiver and other state plan services, as well as medical, social, housing, educational and other services and supports, regardless of the funding source for the services or supports to which access is gained. The state shall claim the cost of case management services provided to institutionalized persons prior to their transition to the waiver for a period not to exceed 180 days.

The supervisor must be a licensed clinician. Transitional Case Management staff shall hold either a bachelor's degree in a behavioral health-related specialty (may include special education or rehabilitation) OR have two years experience in the provision of mental health services (may include special education and/or services to persons with developmental disabilities) OR be a Certified Peer Specialist.

Eligibility: DMHAS' Home and Community-Based Waiver Staff are responsible for determining eligibility and for making referrals to credentialed providers, such as Marrakech. 

Contact Information

Lisa Jardin
Vice President of Person Centered Connections
Phone: (203) 389-2970
Fax: (203) 397-0658
ljardin[at]marrakechinc.org 

Mailing Address:
Marrakech, Inc.
Six Lunar Drive
Woodbridge, CT 06525
Main Telephone: (203) 389-2970
Main Fax: (203) 397-0658

Related Websites

DMHAS WISE Program
Applied Behavioral Health

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Marrakech Inc
Six Lunar Drive
Woodbridge, CT 06525
p: 203.389.2970
f: 203.397.0658

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