Nova Behavioral Healthcare Corporation

Persons Served

The CBHS program serves children and adolescents for 5 to 20 years of age.

Intake and Admissions

Intake Screenings are conducted by QP-level staff, followed by a Comprehensive Clinical Assessments (CCAs) completed by LP-level staff. Based on the CCA and related information, the Child and Family Team formulates a Level of Care recommendation and Person-Centered Plan. The appropriate external Utilization Manager either authorizes or denies services based on Medical Necessity criteria.


Outpatient Therapy is provided to individuals, groups and families by NOVA’s Team of Licensed Professionals, under the supervision of the Clinical Director. The Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) model is used exclusively, and NOVA makes every effort to match Consumer dynamics with the competencies and style of the individual therapist.
Medication Management involves a diagnostic assessment, the prescribing and monitoring of appropriate psychoactive medications as indicated, and Consumer and parent education. Board Certified Psychiatrist Dr. Muthiah Sabanayagam (Dr. Saba) supervises the Medication Management program through East Carolina Psychiatric Consultants.
Comprehensive Clinical Assessments (CCAs) are completed by NOVA’s experienced team of Licensed Professionals and are comprised of a comprehensive review of history, dimensional analysis, and the identification of presenting problems, strengths and needs, yielding a full DSM diagnosis and Target Population recommendation. CCAs are reviewed with the Consumer and Parent / Guardian and the review and treatment recommendations are documented.
Intensive In-Home Services (IIHS) is a 24/7/365 program of Psychoeducation and crisis management with the goals of preventing out-of-home placement and strengthening family functioning. NOVA’s IIHS Team includes a Licensed Professional and two Qualified Professionals. Case Management activities are also provided as a component of this service.
Child and Adolescent Day Treatment is available to youth ages 5-20 through NOVA’s licensed and accredited New Beginnings Center. The New Beginnings Center is open from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, arranges transportation between home, school and the facility, and works in collaboration with County School personnel and other Stakeholders to support the Consumer’s educational, treatment and logistical needs. NOVA’s New Beginnings Team include a Full-Time Licensed Professional, Director and Qualified Professionals who implements Evidence-based Practices selected by the Clinical Director for symptom management, social skill building, moral development and relapse prevention. New Beginnings Center currently serves Lenoir and adjacent counties.
Outcome Measurement
NOVA’s Community Behavioral Health Services uses the Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale – 2nd Edition (BERS) to assess treatment outcomes for the Child and Adolescent Day Treatment and Intensive In-Home Services programs. The BERS is a strength-based tool that evaluates five domains of functioning and integrates well with the Resiliency Model and NOVA’s Evidence-based Practices. It is administered at admission and discharge and aggregate data are compiled and analyzed annually.