July 2014 e-Newsletter- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: For the Treatment of Depression
A Behavioral Health Assessment: Getting an Appropriate Level of Care Recommendation
by James Horvath, LPC
The Resource and Referral Center (RRC) at Linden Oaks provides a free and confidential comprehensive behavioral health assessment to all individuals seeking behavioral health treatment. The behavioral health assessment offers individuals the opportunity to participate in a collaborative evaluation process to determine the type of behavioral health treatment that is appropriate for their individual needs. This initial level of care assessment was developed using evidence-based research and is an essential first step in evaluating a wide variety of clinical concerns commonly experienced by patients.
The behavioral health assessment can be a place to start when an individual or physician is not sure what type of behavioral health intervention is needed or available. In addition, a clinician may recommend this type of assessment when they believe a patient could benefit from a higher level of behavioral health care.
All patients receiving services at Linden Oaks start by having a behavioral health assessment prior to beginning any treatment and programming in the inpatient, partial hospitalization program (PHP), and intensive outpatient program (IOP) settings.
The assessment is conducted by an experienced interdisciplinary team of registered nurses, master’s level clinicians, and various support staff. Initially, patients receive a triage assessment performed by a nurse to examine the patient’s presenting problem, standard physiological vital signs, medical history, and to determine the presence of substance withdrawal and/or intoxication at the time of arrival. Additionally, the nurse will document current prescribed medications and the name and contact information of the patient’s primary care provider.
Following the triage assessment, our business office staff will briefly meet with the patient to compile a profile of basic patient demographic and insurance information. The business office staff will also attempt to verify the mental health and chemical dependency benefits on the patient’s insurance policy.
After triage and registration, a licensed behavioral health clinician will meet with the patient to complete the comprehensive behavioral health assessment and will generate a clinical database, evaluate safety concerns, determine a provisional diagnosis, and begin to formulate an appropriate level of care recommendation. The assessment is comprised of a psychiatric review of systems, mental status exam, an assessment of psychosocial stressors and the functional impairment experienced as a consequence of the patient’s presenting problem.
Upon completion of the assessment and with the patient’s permission, the clinician will acquire a release of information for the patient’s current medical and/or behavioral health providers. The clinician will then place a call to the patient’s providers to obtain additional pertinent clinical information needed for rendering a level of care recommendation. Following collaboration with those providers, the clinician will present to the case to the Linden Oaks on-call psychiatrist and an appropriate level of care recommendation will be solidified. The clinician will then communicate the level of care recommendation to the patient and treatment options will be discussed.
Treatment options may include a recommendation for the patient to initiate treatment in the inpatient, PHP, IOP, outpatient counseling/therapy, or psychiatrist office settings.
The RRC at Lindens Oaks at Edward’s main campus (852 S. West St., Naperville) maintains an open door policy for 24/7 behavioral health assessments for individuals seeking immediate consultation and access to behavioral health services. Emergency walk-ins are welcome at this location for acute care, including individuals who may be a threat to harm themselves or others. For convenience, appointments can be scheduled at the main campus as well.
Behavioral health assessment appointments are also available Monday-Friday at the Linden Oaks outpatient locations in Plainfield (24600 W. 127th St., Emergency Outpatient Building), Saint Charles (3805 E. Main St.), and Naperville (1335 N. Mill St.). Appointments for all locations can be scheduled by contacting RRC at 630-305-5027.
More information on behavioral health assessments can be found at www.lindenoaks.org or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
James Horvath, LPC- James graduated from Governors State University with his bachelor’s degree in psychology and received his master’s degree in counseling from National-Louis University. James has been at Linden Oaks at Edward for seven years and has worked in the adult inpatient setting and the Resource and Referral Center (RRC). He is currently the lead counselor in the RRC.
Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for the Linden Oaks Anxiety Program
Linden Oaks at Edward has been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission for disease-specific certification in anxiety. The Joint Commission is a non-for-profit organization tasked with certifying and accrediting United States healthcare companies, facilities and treatment programs.
Anxiety certification was a key area of focus for Linden Oaks as anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the U.S. In fact, more than 40 million adults and one in 10 children and adolescents suffer from an anxiety disorder in any given year.
Anxiety comes in many forms including generalized, social, academic, and/or performance anxiety, phobias, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive and/or panic disorders. The Linden Oaks Anxiety Program offers extensive treatment options, including inpatient and outpatient services, to treat a variety of types of issues and patients. Treatment includes group, individual, and family therapy.
Linden Oaks also holds Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval and certifications for other behavioral health programs including eating disorders, addiction services, dementia, depression, self-injury, and bipolar disorders.
For more information on Linden Oaks or the anxiety program, visit www.lindenoaks.org.
Linden Oaks welcomes new Director of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Psychopharmacology, Philip Janicak, M.D.
Linden Oaks is excited to announce the addition of Philip Janicak, M.D. as Director of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Psychopharmacology. Dr. Janicak is a world renowned psychiatrist specializing in TMS for the treatment of depression.
Dr. Janicak completed his medical degree and psychiatric residency at the Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Throughout his extensive career, Dr. Janicek has worked as a psychiatrist at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute, Medical Director of the Psychiatric Clinical Research Center and the Associate Program Director for the General Clinical Research Center at the University of Illinois Medical Center. For the last 10 years, he has worked at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL, as the Director of the TMS Center, Medical Director of the Psychiatric Clinical Research Center, and a Professor of Psychiatry.
Dr. Janicek is heavily involved in research in the assessment and treatment of mood and psychotic disorders. He has overseen numerous clinical trials including significant work in the study of TMS for the treatment of major depression.
In addition, Dr. Janicek is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and American Psychiatric Association. He is an editor for the Psychopharm Review and sits on the editorial board for Current Psychiatry and Essential Psychopharmacology. He has also authored and edited over 500 articles on psychiatry and neurology and lectured for numerous professional and educational courses and organizations.
Dr. Janicek has received multiple honors including being listed in the Best Doctors of America since 1996 and was named one of the top 100 health professionals by the International Biographical Centre. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has awarded Dr. Janicek the Illinois Psychiatrist of the Year Award and the John M. Davis Research of the Year Award.
Dr. Janiek looks forward to serving the behavioral health needs of Naperville and the surrounding communities. For more information on Dr. Janicek or our TMS program, contact email@example.com.
LiveChat: Answering Behavioral Health Questions on the Web
This week, Linden Oaks at Edward launched LiveChat, an interactive web based tool designed to help consumers get behavioral health questions answered quickly and efficiently. LiveChat is now available at www.lindenoaks.org.
Visitors to www.lindenoaks.org will be greeted with a display box which will ask if the person would like to chat live with a Linden Oaks clinician. If the visitor clicks “chat now”, he/she will be connected with a Linden Oaks Resource and Referral staff member.
The staff member is able to answer any questions the person may have regarding behavioral health programs/treatment, insurance, and/or locations and availability. They can also help the person to schedule a free behavioral health assessment should he/she want to seek a level of treatment recommendation.
“Many individuals have questions about behavioral health treatment but may be nervous or scared to speak with someone about their concerns” explains Gina Sharp, President of Linden Oaks at Edward. “As more individuals utilize on-line tools to search for answers to treatment, LiveChat, on the Linden Oaks website, will provide an effective and efficient way of communication, which should ultimately result in early detection and behavioral health intervention.”
LiveChat is available on the Linden Oaks website 24/7. Our Resource and Referral department is also available via telephone 24/7 by calling 630-305-5027.