What is Integrated Care?
Integrated Care combines primary health care and mental health care in one setting. Why consider Integrated Healthcare?
Primary healthcare settings (like a doctor's office) provide about half of all mental health care for common psychiatric disorders;
Adults with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders also have higher rates of chronic physical illnesses than the general population;
People with common physical health conditions also have higher rates of mental health issues.
Providing Integrated Care helps patients and their providers. It blends the expertise of mental health, substance use, and primary care providers, with feedback from patients. This creates a team-based approach where mental health care and general medical care are offered in the same setting. Coordinating primary care and mental health care in this way can help address the physical health problems of people with serious mental illnesses.
Why is Integrated Care Important?
At Wellsprings, we believe addressing the whole patient, to include their physical and mental health, is essential for providing positive health outcomes. Many people may not have access to mental health care or may prefer to visit their primary health care provider. Although most primary care providers can treat mental disorders, particularly through medication, that may not be enough for some patients. Combining mental health services with primary care can increase the quality of care, and provide a comprehensive approach to your overall healthcare.
How does it Work?
Integrated Care meets all of a patient’s health needs in one setting. At Wellsprings, we are able to provide primary healthcare services, psychiatric healthcare services, a variety of psychotherapy (counseling) services, and case management services & peer support services if applicable to your diagnosis. We also offer diagnostic and laboratory services as well. While you may not need all of our services, imagine traveling to one clinic and being able to receive any (or all) of the above services from specialized providers under one roof.
Scope of Practice, and why is it Important?
What is Scope of Practice?
“Scope of practice” is defined as the activities that an individual health care provider is permitted to perform within a specific profession.
At Wellsprings, we believe it is critical that you receive specialized care from a provider who has obtained the appropriate training and education to be able to provide that type of care. Our providers have the appropriate credentials and licensing to be able to provide specialized care....all under one roof and in person.