What is Community Psychiatric Supports + Treatment? Community Psychiatric Supports and Treatment (CPST) are goal-directed supports and solution-focused interventions intended to achieve identified goals or objectives as set forth in the individual’s recovery plan. CPST addresses specific individual needs with evidence-based and evidence-informed psychotherapeutic practices designed specifically to meet those needs. CPST is provided face-to-face with the individual present; however, family or other persons significant to the individual may also be involved.
CPST may include the following components
Assist the individual to identify strategies or treatment options associated with the individual’s mental illness and/or substance use disorder, with the goal of minimizing the negative effects of symptoms, emotional disturbances, or associated environmental stressors which interfere with the individual’s daily living, financial management, housing, academic and/or employment progress, personal recovery or resilience, family and/or interpersonal relationships, and community integration;
Provide individual supportive counseling, solution-focused interventions, emotional and behavioral management support, and behavioral analysis, to develop and implement social, interpersonal, self-care, daily living, and independent living skills to restore stability, support functional gains, and adapt to community living;
Facilitate participation in and utilization of strengths based planning and treatments which include identifying strengths and needs, resources, natural supports, and developing goals and objectives.
Assist the individual with effectively responding to or avoiding triggers, identifying a crisis situations, and developing a crisis management plan.
Excerpted from Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health