Agency and Role Paper By: Teresa Luna University of Phoenix June 14, 2010 Ms. Becky Brown Introduction There are many governmental agencies within the healthcare system. One of most interesting and heart-wrenching agencies is a local governmental agency called Terrell State Mental Hospital. This agency is well known in the state of Texas for its carefree healthcare. They have a longstanding relationship with the families of its patients and are a major contributor to the city of Terrell’s financial windfall. They produce over ten million a year for the city of Terrell, which allows this city to take care of its mental inpatients and make sure they have the best treatment possible.
Abstract New Horizons Community Mental Health Center offers is outpatient substance abuse intervention. The Substance Abuse Program (SAP) attempts to assist clients with an insight of what has lead to their addiction as well as skills to remain sober (New Horizons Community Mental Health Center, 2014).
Growing up in a small town in Iowa I was unaware of the many situations involving hardship or misfortune that were around me. Therefore, it was not till college when I received the opportunity to work for a reentry program called the Transformative Justice Initiative that I became aware of the multiple factors lead to incarceration, drug use, homelessness, and other areas of hardship. The longer I was involved with the program the more I learned how mental health is convoluted in all of these situations and in all populations. Consequently, my experiences with the Transformative Justice Initiative helped me develop my future aspirations as a professional, which include a desire to work with individuals that have mental illness.
The social service agency chosen to profile in this essay is COPE Community Services. They are located in Tucson Arizona and have many locations around town to better service and provide convenience for members. They provide integrated care for members. COPE's services include behavioral health, opioid treatment, medical services, therapy, youth services, and community health services. COPE accepts a wide range of members seeking services from the general mental health to severely mentally ill population. An Intake is completed to identify services for members. COPE accepts insurances from AHCCCS, Medicare, Tricare, and other contracted private insurances.
Saratoga County no longer has safe, stigma-free, places for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) to spend their days. SPMI individuals need somewhere to go where they can feel safe and can interaction with others. In the past SPMI Individuals in Saratoga County had the options of attending day treatment, going to a drop-in center called The Social Club, or spending the day being productive in a sheltered workshop environment. Over the past few years all of these options have been removed. First, The Social Club was closed. Next, the day treatment center was changed to a “PROS” model where services are limited, time specific, and the focus is on community integration. Lastly, state and county funding was cut for shelter workshop environments and funneled into work readiness programs focused on integrating SPMI individuals into the community workforce. Integration is a noble aspiration. However, many SPMI individuals do not have the capacity to successfully integrate into community settings. These individuals are better served in situations where their special needs are appreciated and met such as sheltered workshops, drop-in centers and day treatment. Thus, due to the closing or changes in these types of programs, Saratoga County no longer offers safe supportive places for many SPMI Individuals to spend their days.
With rising diversity among our population, disparities in the quality of healthcare provided, access to healthcare, and patient outcomes have become the center of focus contributing to the overall incidence and prevalence of mental health and substance use disorders. Disparities in mental health care across race and ethnicity, geographic regions, and socioeconomic status continue to lead to disproportional and unmet mental health care needs.
Summary Columbus Regional Health (n.d.) serves 10 counties in Southeast Indiana. The demographics include a predominantly Caucasian population of approximately 300,000 people (Economic Opportunities through Education by 2015, n.d.). In southeastern Indiana, about 140,000 individuals have employment (Economic Opportunities through Education by 2015, n.d.). Of those individuals, 15% of them, who are over the age of 24, have a bachelor’s degree (Economic Opportunities through Education by 2015, n.d.). Approximately 30% of the high-school students drop out in this mainly rural area with a flat population growth (Economic Opportunities through Education by 2015, n.d.). CRH’s MH unit provides psychiatric services to adults 18 years and older. Most patients have either psychosis or thoughts of hurting themselves or others.
SMART Goal Setting Issaiah Wallace Chamberlain College of Nursing With 33 million Americans utilizing healthcare services as a means to manage mental health conditions and illnesses, adequate delivery of mental healthcare, treatment, and practice is becoming increasingly more important in the American landscape of wellness (SAMHSA, 2004a). The mental health system continues to be a challenging area of healthcare, due to: increased usage of coercion into treatment, diversity in care delivery systems, an unevolved quality measurement mechanism, and a drastically different business and marketplace infrastructure. These factors added to the, already, present stigma associated with mental health, culminates into an extremely
o How can we improve the treatment of mental illness in the United States? Take into consideration that the public does not want higher taxes. Explain. There is a five-point plan to improve our nation’s mental health. The first is to increase treatment, prevention and recovery services. We live in a world that is reluctant to make the proper investments that are so needed so we can provide effective, prevention, treatment and recovery services for people who suffer from mental illness. These investments would improve care plans and save us money by preventing costly crisis care and even hospitalization. The second one is to expand our mental health workforce. Shortages burden a fragmented mental health system. I feel that having people
The Organization North Eastern Mental Health Facility is a 250 beds, long term mental residential health facility for adults located right in the center of Palm Beach County. The facility aids those in the community who suffer psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, and dissociative disorders. The facility provides room, board, meals, and counseling and therapy as well as directing patients to where medications can be received. North Eastern also has licensed physicians and psychologists on site who diagnose and determine the appropriate path of treatment needed in order to prepare patients for the outside world and maintain mental health. It is also a place where patients can grow and heal by offering one on one interaction with providers. The facility puts its patients first and is a not-for-profit organization funded by donations and money from the local and state government. This facility is selective about the number of patients admitted yearly. At North Eastern, patients must be hospitalized and diagnosed with a psychological disorder by a licensed care provider with proper documentation before admittance into the facility.
Addressing inadequately served mental health needs is a multifactorial issue related to inadequate social understanding of the problem, funding, supply of providers, and integration of services. There is no one solution to the problem, and the recommendations here will focus on addressing several of these important aspects of the mental health issue.
“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), though not a panacea, has provided an opportunity to bolster a broken mental health system. The ACA includes a variety of provisions to effect the biggest expansion of mental health and substance abuse services in a generation.” (Golden & Vail, 2014, p. 96) The expansion of health insurance coverage
Park City, Utah is a community which is located in Summit County, Utah and is also, is considered to a part of the Wasatch Mountains, with an elevation of 7000 feet above sea level. Park City, UT is located around 30 miles southeast of downtown, Salt Lake City, UT and sits on the edge of Interstate 80 making it a short 30 minute drive from the Salk Lake City International airport. Park City, UT was established in the early 1870’s and a mining town, and in 2002 has hosted the Winter Olympics, and today has been made popular by host the largest United States Independent film festal, the Sundance Film Festal. During the winter months Park City, UT is the home of two major ski resorts. At the time of the 2010 census Park City, UT had a population
Furlong, Leddy, Ferguson, and Heart’s (2009), “Assertive Community Treatment and Recovery at Thresholds”, reports in detail the principles of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT). For example, ACT teams include: psychiatrists; nurses; peer counselors; employment and housing specialists; mental health counselors; case managers and substance abuse counselors. The team of diverse professions all work together with small caseloads to deliver intensive care. Next, they explain how ACT was developed after deinstitutionalization to decrease re-hospitalization rates. In fact, Act model outcomes show it reduces the rates of re-hospitalization, improves symptomology, and decreases incarcerations of individuals with serious mental illness. Last, the
Throughout the presentation that was given by Ridgeview, I found that the varieties of programs available to mental health consumers were remarkable. Anne Pirtle said that there were many different group therapies going throughout the day at the facility. This assortment allowed the consumers to pick whichever group they had the most interest in. For example, the facility had social-skills training, adult basic education, and independent living skills training. The people that went to the facility did not have to choose a certain amount that they had to attend. They only had to be active within the establishment. Ridgeview had so many services that were focused on psychosocial rehabilitation; anybody could find a topic! After the presentation,