The Community Health Care Center was awarded a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services to develop a program for the CHCC clinic patient’s needs in the area of Behavioral Health. The Health Care Plan includes the following objectives:
- To increase the capacity of the CHCC to screen and identify patients with behavioral health conditions.
- To improve the capacity to respond to mental health needs of CHCC patients.
- Identify and counsel CHCC patients who are engaging in risky/hazardous and harmful drinking.
- To increase screening of CHCC patients for tobacco use and provide cessation interventions, if indicated.
The plan we have developed to meet those objectives is through screening and assessment of CHCC chronic disease patients and those with behavioral health conditions. These screens will also include all patients being screened for tobacco and harmful alcohol consumption.
As of January 1, 2009, the Behavioral Health Services are active. Program staff are working together to meet the needs of the CHCC patients. Terri Flebotte, MSW, LCSW joined the staff in November of 2011. Her background includes Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse/Co-occuring conditions, as well as crisis intervention.
Terri is providing brief assessments and screenings, counseling services, referrals to the Outreach Social Worker for community services and referrals to community providers. This could include home visits, reminder calls, rescheduling calls, connecting patients with community resources, and well-check calls for the CHCC patients in the program.
*This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).