1. Key Assets serves individuals who are between the ages of 11 and 21 (referrals are only accepted for youth under the age of 18) and currently in the custody of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
  2. Present with severe and persistent challenges in social, emotional, behavioral, and/or psychiatric functioning.
  3. The youth presents symptoms consistent with a DSM V diagnosis of any of the following in combination:
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
    • Moderate to Severe Intellectual Disability
    • Receptive or Expressive Language Disorders
    • Medical diagnosis such as Seizure Disorder, Prader Willi Syndrome, or other conditions that require frequent medical professional oversight
    • Behavioral or Psychiatric disorder of mood, affect, thought, or impulse control which interferes with his or her ability to adequately function in the domains of family, school, and community.
  4. Youth is in need of 24-hour staff supervision due to emotional and/or behavioral challenges in the home and/or community that places the psychological or physical safety of the youth or others at risk for harm.
  5. Youth demonstrates difficulty expressing him or herself using vocal, verbal modes of communication.
  6. Limited ability to complete Activities of Daily Living such as appropriate toileting, hygiene, feeding, meal preparation, and household chores.
  7. Inability to remain in the community successfully as demonstrated through frequent and long term psychiatric hospitalization(s) or multiple placement disruptions.

Referrals must come through the Department for Community Based Services.

All referrals are made through the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) and the Children’s Review Program Placement Coordinators. If you would like to refer a YOUTH who is currently placed in psychiatric hospital or other residential treatment program may inquire about the program through the child’s local DCBS worker.

Key Assets staff will work with the youth and those involved in their care to identify the appropriate length of time and steps needed to support a successful transition.

The length of the program is tailored to meet the individualized needs of the youth. Discharge planning will begin with the development of the Individual Treatment Plan (ITP) and will continue throughout subsequent ITP reviews. The treatment team will consider the following matters as they relate to discharge planning:

  • Least restrictive setting for the youth,
  • Most appropriate setting to meet the needs of the youth in care,
  • Identification of lesser restrictive placements,
  • Community resources and services to provide support for the youth, and
  • Natural transitions from youth to adulthood.

For any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the CCC Program Director, Carrie Price at: Carrie.Price@keyassetskentucky.com or (859.226.5022).

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