Alongside medical and dental services, MCPN provides comprehensive behavioral health services including substance abuse treatment. MCPN employs dozens of passionate staff trained to help our patients navigate the behavioral health issues that can arise from having a chronic illness. One of those staff members is Behavioral Health Provider and Director of Behavioral Health, Angela Green.
Angela has seen a patient with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) named Debra (Deb) for nine years. Angela has done a lot to help Deb navigate her illness over the years. However, Angela and Deb didn’t always see eye to eye. Deb had negative experiences with previous therapists who weren’t sensitive to her MS diagnosis when prescribing medication or who wouldn’t see her at all because she was on Medicaid. It left her jaded to receiving mental health services.
“I told Angela, “I’m not even sure why I’m here. I’ve seen other Providers and I don’t think you can help me.” I didn’t know if I could trust her,” Deb recounted about their first visit together.
However Angela eventually earned Deb’s trust and the result was a match made in heaven. Deb described how accommodating Angela was with her, even holding phone meetings when Deb didn’t have transportation to the clinic.
“When I need her she’s always there,” Deb described. “She never turns me down, she never says, ‘this isn’t my job’, she’s just there.”
乐动体育官方网站Deb also benefited from the integrated care model at her health center, where Behavioral Health and Medical Providers work alongside each other to deliver comprehensive care.
乐动体育官方网站“Angela always checks on the results from my other medical visits before I walk into her office for an appointment so she knows what’s going on with me,” Deb said. “That’s a good provider.”
Perhaps most important of all to Deb though is the support Angela and MCPN has given her to help her get her life back on track and reinvent herself outside of her MS diagnosis.
“To have someone who doesn’t define you by your diagnosis and helps you set goals to get your life back together, it’s so crucial,” Deb said. “Angela has helped bolster me up and gave me the confidence to be the person I am today.”