More than 40 years later, the landscape of mental health services is continuing to change, and so is
The company provides treatment in a range of venues and formats for people with intellectual disabilities and behavioral disorders. Its revenue - which mostly comes from county and state funding, as well as managed care contracts from the federal government - goes right back into the services it provides.
Indeed, the company doesn't measure its growth by revenue but by its ability to expand services into new counties.
Today CSG operates six outpatient facilities and about 150 residential programs for intellectually impaired people in 19 counties in
The outpatient facilities see patients with intellectual development disorders as well as a full range of behavioral illnesses. Patients can receive outpatient treatment or undergo partial hospitalization, as well as get help with education and employment services, such as job coaching.
Residential programs typically take place in homes with between two and five residents. CSG adds around two or three new homes per year, according to
The organization also just hired a new psychiatrist in July of this year, overcoming one of the biggest challenges it faces - finding qualified psychiatrists.
The challenge lies in the fact that there are not enough professionals to cover the rural areas that need to be served, and reimbursement rates for mental health providers do not provide the most competitive wage, said
CSG, like other providers, has found partnerships are an effective way to expand service.
CSG is part of three initiatives funded by the
The first grant-supported group is addressing barriers that people face in trying to find housing. The second initiative is expanding behavioral health services at
As part of Let's Talk Lancaster, CSC is providing training across the county on mental health so people know what to do when they encounter someone who is struggling. The goal is to address the stigma often attached to mental illness, Blue said.
The group also helps connect people to health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace.
"The real goal is to increase mental health wellbeing in the county, and making sure that the community is a good place for everyone," Blue said.
The company also is eying partnerships in the wake of recent health mergers, Blue said.