People with chronic health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure may struggle to manage their own health at home, especially when they also suffer from anxiety or depression. Hunterdon Healthcare is pleased to announce the debut of our Integrated Behavioral Health model of care delivery at the Riverfield Family Health Center in Clinton starting July 1st . This innovation is a clear demonstration of Hunterdon Healthcare’s commitment to patient centeredness.
“What makes Hunterdon Healthcare’s new Integrated Behavioral Health program different is how we connect our patients to this care, and how the team members caring for our patients communicate. When the family doctor and the patient discover that anxiety or depression is interfering with managing other chronic conditions, they agree to a new way to approach the problem: Integrated Behavioral Health. The medical home makes the connection for the patient, sets up the appointment and sends insurance verification. The patient visits the behavioral health professional right in the medical home rather than going to another office. And perhaps most important of all, the medical home team led by the primary care doctor works directly with the behavioral health therapist on behalf of the patient,” explained Geralyn Prosswimmer, M.D., F.A.A.P., Chief Medical Officer, Hunterdon Healthcare Partners.
Integrated Behavioral Health is a very focused short-term treatment, usually about four visits, and connects patients to other resources throughout Hunterdon Healthcare and in the community when necessary. The primary care doctor also has direct access to one of our psychiatrists for assistance when needed.
In addition to the Clinton office, Riverfield Family Health Center in Washington will launch the service on August 20th and the Branchburg Family Health Center will begin offering Integrated Behavioral Health services in the Fall.
To schedule an appointment with Riverfield Family Health Center in Clinton, call 908-735-4645.