Mental health care is offered at all our locations. Our integrated care model considers individual patient needs and all aspects of the lives of our patients.
Mental Health Services include:
- Brief, solution-focused counseling and interventions provided by our behavioral health consultants
- Adult and child psychiatry (with referral from HHC medical provider)
- Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use (no referral needed; open to the community)
- Brief interventions for substance use and referrals to treatment
- Referrals to community resources
- Health education groups including stress reduction and yoga
Physical health and mental health are closely linked. By focusing on both, our patients have better outcomes.
Most of our community health centers are fully integrated. This means we have one team working together looking holistically at the needs of each patient. We share medical records to integrate primary and mental health care into a treatment plan developed to address a patient’s specific needs Through this approach we achieve higher quality, comprehensive and coordinated care.
Heartland Health Centers also has primary care locations on-site at Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4), and Thresholds for their clients. At these locations, we practice integrated care for their clients with serious mental illness.
Dr. Laurie Carrier, double boarded in family medicine and psychiatry, leads our integrated healthcare team. Our team includes psychiatrists, a child psychiatrist, psychiatric nurses and psychiatric nurse practitioners as well as social workers to better connect patients to services they need. We also have a partnership with Alternatives, Inc. to provide counseling for students at our school-based health centers. Alternatives specializes in the needs of adolescents and teens therapists that see students at some of our school-based health centers.
Our partnership with Trilogy Behavioral Health is nationally recognized, winning the Reintegration Award for Clinical Medicine from the National Council for Behavioral Health in 2012. We were also one of 34 participants a national collaborative led by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement to create an optimal team model in integrated care.
At Heartland Health Centers we are working towards the day when integrated care is just considered care and not thought of as a special thing.