Developmental & Behavioral Health Treatment Programs for Children in Arkansas

Following our mission of offering specialized treatment for each of our patients’ needs, we have a number of special programs and levels of care including day treatment, outpatient therapy and school based treatment.

Ascent CHS offers a full range of CHMS services for qualifying children and their families, including multi-disciplinary diagnosis, evaluation and treatment for the purpose of rehabilitation, early intervention, and prevention of long-term disability. Specific service components to be offered will include audiology, neuropsychology, behavior therapy, nutrition, occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, nursing services, and day treatment.

A referral to a CHMS clinic may be made for any medically indicated reason as identified by the child’s Primary Care Physician (PCP). Children may initially be referred by a family member, social service agency, day care center, word of mouth, etc. However, in order to be enrolled in the CHMS program, the PCP must provide a formal written referral.

CHMS clinics serve children who have or are at risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions and who require health and related services. Typical diagnoses for children admitted and treated through the CHMS program include autism, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, diabetes, developmental delay, Down syndrome, epilepsy, failure to thrive, premature birth, sickle cell anemia, speech/language disorders, and fine and gross motor delays.

Upon referral for day treatment, the clinic’s Medical Director completes a physical and our team of specialists completes developmental evaluations on each patient. We have a multi-disciplinary team of qualified staff whose primary focus is the treatment of the patient. These team members include, but are not limited to, Developmental Pediatricians, Pediatric Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychological Examiners, Licensed Counselors, Licensed Occupational, Speech, and Physical Therapists, Licensed Social Workers, Audiologists, Dietitians, Early Childhood Developmental Specialists, and Developmental Technicians.

Findings from the multi-disciplinary evaluation are forwarded to the clinic’s Medical Director for review. If the child qualifies for CHMS services, the Enrollment Orders and the Prescription for Therapy Services (DMS-640) are sent to the PCP for signature and referral for treatment. The Medical Director, with input from the multi-disciplinary team, will then determine the appropriate course of treatment to address the needs identified during evaluation. An individualized treatment plan is developed for each child, including any physician orders/prescriptions for services to be provided.

Children aged two through six will be re-evaluated at least annually to determine if there is continued need for services; children younger than two will be re-evaluated at least every six months. When it is determined that a child no longer has a medical need for therapy services, the treatment plan will be updated accordingly and services will be discontinued.