How does someone receive your services?

There is a waitlist that is monitored by Kepro. Various providers communicate to Kepro when they have the availability to take on another client at their agency. In order to receive RCS services you/your child must:

  • Have a diagnosis of a developmental disability/delay OR
  • Have a diagnosis of a mental health disorder
  • Have MaineCare (if you, or your child are in need of services but do not have MaineCare, check your eligibility for Katie Beckett foundation here.)
  • Be under the age of 21
  • If over the age of 5, child must have an up to date Functional Assessment Evaluation (completed within the last two years).
  • Be referred either by provider or by self to be added to the 28-RCS Waitlist
    • For more information regarding referrals please click here

Can we request Black Bear to be our child's provider?

Yes! When filling out the referral indicate you'd like Black Bear as a ​preferred provider.​ If you are selected off the waitlist before Black Bear has availability you will have the option to go with another provider who has availability, or wait until Black Bear is able to provide services to you/your child.

What is a BHP?

A BHP is a Behavioral Health Professional. T​o become a certified Behavioral Health Professional the candidate must:
  1. Complete Module 1 of the BHP training within 30 days.
  2. Be 18 years old.
  3. Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  4. Complete the 50 hour BHP training program.
  5. Have certification in CPR/First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens, and Mandated Reporting.

What kind of things would a BHP do with my child?

A comprehensive assessment is completed at the intake to assess the most prominent areas of need for each child. Some common goals and objectives are identifying/developing coping skills, activities of daily life- including hygiene routines, chores, meal planning, shopping, money skills, etc., recognizing social cues, peer interaction and community integration.

How long does a child normally receive your services?

The goal is to increase each child's independence, however each child's discharge plan differs. We offer individualized services for each child we serve, so there is not a set time frame that a child will receive services. Typically services last 1-2 years, but with each child it varies.

What is a BHP's schedule?

Families decide what schedule works best for them. Schedules are flexible depending on client/family availability and BHP's availability.