Welcome to the Behavioral Health Department. It is our hope that we can be of service to you by providing quality care for your emotional and mental well-being. We are an outpatient facility that operates during regular clinic hours.
Behavioral health services are provided to clinic patients who are referred by their primary care providers or they can be self-referred. Your initial contact with the receptionist will include completing forms to establish a separate behavioral health chart in the clinic. A therapist will be assigned and an appointment will be scheduled.
Assessment and Evaluation
Initial sessions range from 45 to 90 minutes in length that consist of a comprehensive interview by a therapist and may include other assessment questionnaires used to determine the severity of a problem.
Follow-up Sessions and Ongoing Treatment
Are scheduled to review assessments and determine what therapy services will be offered to address any potential problems. Discussions will include the initial diagnostic impression, available treatment options, recommended therapeutic interventions, frequency of services, limits to confidentiality, and your participation in developing a comprehensive treatment plan. On-going treatment will consist of follow-up sessions with you and your therapist or psychiatrist working towards completion of your treatment plan.
Pertaining to mental health and substance abuse issues.
Appointments are scheduled for 45- to 90-minute sessions.
For addiction treatment (alcohol/drug, including nicotine) and coping skills therapy. Sessions range from one to two hours depending on the group. Addiction and Recovery Group meets at 10 a.m. on Mondays, 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10 a.m. on Fridays. Smoking Cessation Group meets at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.
Smoking Cessation Classes
Are offered several times throughout the year. This class is led by a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and meets at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays.
A staff psychiatrist visit is for medication and on certain occasions brief psychotherapy. Psychiatric care is limited to a 30- to 45-minute initial visit and regularly scheduled 30-minute follow-up visits.
Hard copies/paper charts are kept locked in a safe place for your right to privacy. Electronic behavioral health records are kept secure and only behavioral health staff members, CPNHS medical doctors and nurse practitioners who provide you with healthcare services and billing staff have electronic access to your behavioral health records, if applicable and necessary. Therapy sessions are held in the department and protected by locked entrances.
Consent for Release of Information
Consent is required to send substance abuse and mental health evaluation reports/records to other agencies and can be completed in Medical Records. Disability, parental fitness, child custody, inability to work determinations and other legal or medical conclusions are not provided.
For parents of patients who are age 17 and younger, we ask that you stay in the department during their session for safety purposes.