The Medical Services Department is staffed by licensed psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and medical assistants. This team specializes in the diagnosis and medical treatment of mental health conditions for children, adolescents and adults. Psychiatric medication management is provided as well as referrals to other forms of treatment as needed.
About 30% of everyone we serve at Community Reach Center receives support from the Medical Services Department in addition to therapy. Some of the most common conditions that respond well to medication include depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders including schizophrenia, and substance use disorders (addictions).
Medical Services Department’s Philosophy & Goals:
- Providing quality medication management that is guided by scientific research, safe prescribing practices, national guidelines, and the standard of care within the field of psychiatry.
- Treatment planning that is individualized to address each patient’s unique needs.
- Educating patients about diagnosis and treatment options so they are able to make informed decisions regarding their care.
- Collaborating with a patient’s other care providers and support system when needed.
- Emphasizing the importance of therapy in conjunction with medications. This combined approach has been shown to improve symptoms more than medications alone in many of the most common disorders.
Once a patient has completed the therapy intake process, a referral can be made to medical services. To make access easy, the Medical Services team meets with patients in a variety of settings - including outpatient clinics, the crisis stabilization unit, nursing homes, and residential treatment facilities.
Some patients may also benefit from other services at Community Reach Center that assist with administering medications - including the assertive community treatment (ACT) program, pillbox clinic, injectable medication clinic and the Nurse Help Line.