Integrated Behavioral Health is a team approach to helping all of our patients achieve wellness in both body and mind. When a patient comes in for medical care, our medical and behavioral health staff works together to address all of the patient’s concerns, both problems of the body and any problems that affect daily living. In this approach, the patient’s team of providers asks the following questions: Can we identify our patient’s problems early? Can we help resolve them quickly? Can we help prevent further problems down the road? Can we help our patient identify themselves as “well” making healthy life choices? Some examples of typical behavioral health concerns might include feelings of depression or anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, smoking, and overeating.
In this model of care where the focus is on solving problems, behavioral health visits are brief (usually 15-30 minutes), limited in number (usually 1-6 visits), and are conveniently provided in the patient exam room.
The behavioral health providers are Licensed Independent Social Workers (LISW) or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) and Doctorates in Behavioral Health (DBH).
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a charge for the services Behavioral Health Providers provide patients?
Yes, all services at Wildcat Health Center at Kenton Elementary and High School have a fee associated with them. However, we offer a minimum charge of $5.00 for behavioral health services based on one’s eligibility using Federal Poverty Guidelines and our sliding fee scale. In addition, the behavioral health providers are covered on almost all Commercial Insurance plans, as well as Medicaid and Medicare.
Why is integration of behavioral health and physical health care needed?
We all need to take care of both our physical health needs and our behavioral health needs. The mind and body cannot be separated; symptoms and illness in one area impact the health of the other. National statistics have shown individuals with serious mental illness die more than 25 years earlier than the general population. This increased mortality is largely due to treatable medical conditions that are caused by modifiable risk factors such as smoking, obesity, substance abuse and reluctance to access medical care.