May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. One in five Americans experience a mental illness.

Hamilton is growing to support our patients’ full array of health care needs. In the past month the Behavioral Health Department has doubled in size. This team is now comprised of Dr. Goins, Joyce McCadney, and Yvette Bailey for brief intervention, brief cognitive therapy, behavior modification and crisis management. Dr. Majeed is now available for psychiatric evaluation and medication management needs. The team is supported by their Unit Secretary, Liz Lewis, who is a Certified MA and Certified Medical Interpreter. For any and all referrals, please reach out to the team via warm hand off. If unavailable via warm hand off, access is also available via placing orders in EHS and will be scheduled in a timely manner by Liz.

Our Recovery Services Department is led by Jillian London. Her team includes Adlih Leon, Santosha Perez, Michele Jeszenka, Angela Blair, and Jorge Collazo. This team addresses those impacted by the opioid epidemic as well as pregnant and parenting families experiencing any addition. In the next month they will also be supporting Hamilton providers who will be providing Medically Assisted Treatment to eligible patients, initiating with Vivitrol.

In 2019 the Pediatric Department also kicked off using the kiosks in the exam rooms to screen patients for mental health and substance abuse. This practice will be expanded to other departments as the year progresses. Pediatrics also initiated the Patient Centered Care Model, which takes a closer look at the patient’s full health factors and barriers. Trainings will be available this year to learn more about what each person we encounter may have experienced and how our experiences impact our behaviors in seeking optimal care.

We look forward to working with you to destigmatize behavioral health this year and as we continue to grow.