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Intensive Residential Treatment Services

Intensive residential treatment services (IRTS) provide individuals live-in mental health services for a limited amount of time. Some people may benefit from this level of care to rehabilitate following a hospital visit, while others use IRTS instead of hospitalization.


Services are designed to help with stability, personal and emotional adjustment, self-sufficiency, and skills and strategies for living as independently as possible.

IRTS provides:

  • Illness management and recovery — education about mental illness and treatment including symptoms and early warning signs of relapse, managing stress and developing relapse prevention plans, developing coping skills and strategies for coping with symptoms, developing social skills, and identifying therapeutic and rehabilitative options available
  • Family education opportunities
  • Treatment team staff on site 24/7
  • Individualized assessment and treatment planning
  • Crisis assistance, development of health care directives and crisis prevention plans
  • Nursing services
  • Inter-agency service coordination
  • Transition and discharge planning assistance
  • Assessment and services for co-occurring substance abuse and disorders
  • Living skills development.

Living skills includes:

  • Medication management
  • Healthy living
  • Household management
  • Cooking and nutrition
  • Budgeting and shopping
  • Using transportation
  • Employment-related skills
  • Recreation and Leisure
Average length of stay in this service setting is 70 days.

Mental Health at DHS

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is dedicated to supporting adults, children and youth with a mental illness in their personal journey toward recovery, as well as preventing mental illness whenever possible.

People with mental illness have the same rights as anyone. DHS is committed to making sure individual choice is respected and that people with mental illness are able to live, learn, work, and enjoy life in their community to the best of their ability.

DHS oversees a number of publicly funded programs offering community-based mental health services, creating a continuum of services designed to meet the needs of individuals.

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