mental health

Serious Mental Illness

What is Serious Mental Illness?

Some of the most common types of serious mental illness are thought disorders and mood disorders that prevent individuals from feeling mentally well and working or living in the community. Clients who experience SMI can have symptoms of losing touch with reality or delusions. Bluegrass is dedicated to providing clients with SMI the highest level of care by our highly trained clinicians and psychiatrists. We work to keep individuals in the community in which they live by offering services that are evidence-based and specialized to meet the needs of experience serious mental illnesses.

Programs and Services

Targeted Case Management

Through targeted case management, clients gain access to social, medical, educational and vocational services. Bluegrass works with clients and caregivers to develop a treatment plan that puts the client at the center of the planning process, including identifying their own strengths and needs. In addition, we work to make referrals and link clients with partner agencies to coordinate services for ongoing needs. We believe strongly our role is to advocate for the client and supporting clients as they advocate for themselves.

Housing First

This is an intensive case management program emphasizing the importance of housing as a basic human right. Working with clients and considering their needs first, Bluegrass makes obtaining housing a priority. At the same time, we are providing treatment and making referrals to partner agencies to provide additional services. The goal of Housing First is to help all clients sustain housing on long-term. Housing First targets individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. We work with veterans, individuals with serious mental illness and substance use disorders.

Assertive Community Treatment

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) - is an evidence-based practice for individuals with serious mental illness who are most vulnerable to homelessness, incarceration and hospitalization. ACT is a community-based program that offers intensive and highly individualized services. Some of the services provided are: psychiatry, nursing, therapy, case management, housing, supported employment and peer support. ACT often serves individuals who have not made progress in traditional outpatient care and may have had episodes of homelessness, incarceration and hospitalization. ACT is person-centered and focuses on increasing the individual’s ability to meet self-defined goals, increase skills and gain confidence to maintain long term mental health recovery.


The goal of the DIVERTS program is to create a path for individuals with serious mental illness to live as independently as possible and in the community of their choice. DIVERTS helps individuals living in a personal care home transition to community-based living. Through DIVERTS, the needs of the individual are established and access to services and support to meet those needs are created. Staff work to provide short-term support for individuals transitioning to the community until they are linked to an ongoing treatment team.

iHOPE iHOPE identifies and supports young people, ages 15 - 30, who are experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder with psychosis. iHOPE works with the entire family to help clarify diagnosis and assure access to appropriate services. Bluegrass partners with local, state and national entities to implement iHOPE using evidence-base practices and emerging research for the best outcomes. Services are available regardless of a client’s ability to pay. Anyone can refer to iHOPE by calling the 24-Hour Helpine 1.800.928.8000.