Collaborative Care is one of the few programs being directly integrated into your primary care doctor’s office or your child’s pediatrician’s office. By integrating mental health as a piece of the biological, and developing the relationship across disciplines, our mutual patients receive the most comprehensive care for their psychological and physiological wellbeing.
Currently, our office is integrated at North Willow Grove Family Medicine.
If you work at a physician’s office and feel that some of your patients could benefit from services we offer, or would like to further discuss integrating some of our clinicians directly into your practice, you may contact our Abington location at (215) 884-1776.
Integrating mental health into primary care and specialty medical environments creates cost savings, demonstrated in decreased emergency department visits, compliance and diminished absences or disability claims. Implementing mental health innovation requires support and standards. Training of providers and office staff to re-focus on the integration of health increases consistency and care delivery to measurable standards, yet is an essential cost not absorbed through fee for service reimbursement.
Bridging the division of mental health and primary care is worthy of investment. Change appears simple, yet cost of development of programs, methods, and appropriate workforce has been a major obstacle. While integrated mental health care models have been consistently demonstrated over the past 20 years in public health clinics, similar programs are costly to implement between commercial and private mental health and primary care. Separate offices rarely communicate, fragmenting treatment of co-morbid conditions. The Collaborative Care Foundation will address the obstacles and offer the needed support for mental health and primary care providers to manage initiation, instillation and transition period to a full implementation of collaboration.
M-Medical and Mental health diagnosis’;
I-patient identity and individuation in life choices;
N-nutritional status and relationship to nurturing;
F-family and genetic history;
U-patients unconscious processing;
L-lifestyle and life obstacles to functioning.
Development of a treatment “CARE” plan
C-Collaboration of health care providers, family and community resources;
A-Adaptation through psychotherapy, skills, sobriety;
R-recovery expectations and resources needed for independence
E-education needed to understand care.