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Behavioral Health

STRIDES’s Behavioral Health Team

At STRIDE, we treat the whole person by addressing not only medical concerns, but also other wellness concerns. We provide low-cost behavioral health services alongside our primary care and dental services. Behavioral Health Providers (commonly referred to as BHPs) help patients with a variety of issues which may impact their physical health, well-being, or recovery. BHPs are licensed therapists with training in counseling, social work, or psychology and work closely with your medical team.

The mission of the STRIDE Behavioral Health Team is to support the total health and wellness of individuals by providing collaborative care as a part of an integrated health care team through consultation, counseling, education, and advocacy. Our vision is to promote total wellness by improving behavioral health and relies on innovation, passion, respect, diversity, equality/equity, empowerment, and quality.

乐动体育官方网站Behavioral health services are available to STRIDE families and individuals of all ages. BHPs can address depression, anxiety, stress, pain, grief, domestic violence, substance use, sleep disorders, mental health and other psycho-social issues, just to name a few. We invite you to learn more about our behavioral health services and programs by exploring the tabs below.

 

乐动体育官方网站Behavioral Health Providers (commonly referred to as BHPs) help patients with a variety of issues which may impact their physical health, well being, or recovery. BHPs are licensed therapists with training in counseling, social work, or psychology and work closely with your medical providers.

乐动体育官方网站BHPs can meet with patients at the clinic on a short-term basis or connect patients to community services for additional, longer-term support. Behavioral Health Services are typically limited to 1-6 sessions with a patient and use a short-term therapeutic model.

BHPs do not provide intensive therapy, case management services, disability assessment/verification or paperwork. BHPs are located at every main STRIDE health center location; days and hours vary by site. Many BHPs are employees of STRIDE. Some work at STRIDE via a partnership with our various behavioral health partners in the community: and

STRIDE has a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program to help adults with addiction to opioids (heroin or prescription painkillers). We prescribe Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone), a daily medication that helps individuals recover from opioid addiction. We also require that individuals receiving this medication participate in counseling with our BHPs. Counseling and medical office visits are usually scheduled together. STRIDE can help with transportation, housing and other basic needs. BHPs can meet you at any STRIDE location.

Before participating in our MAT program, individuals must complete an in-person screening. In some instances, we may refer to external organizations for substance use treatment or to methadone maintenance programs for opioid or heroin use.

Please view our English and Spanish flyers for more information. To schedule a MAT appointment, please call our dedicated MAT line at 720-945-7636.

乐动体育官方网站STRIDE offers integrated behavioral health to our patients living with HIV/AIDS, and patients at risk for STIs/HIV. Behavioral health services are funded through the Ryan White grant. We provide compassionate trauma-informed care to our patients that aim to support patients’ adjustment to living with HIV/AIDS,  reinforce patients’ internal source of resiliency and strengths, and help our patients live a full and meaningful life. We provide care that spans the spectrum of behavioral health from illness to wellness, including education, coping skills and self care, lifestyle change, depression, and anxiety.

乐动体育官方网站STRIDE offers LGBTQ+ affirmative behavioral health services to our LGBTQ+ patients. At STRIDE, we strive to respond to the health disparities that impact the LGBTQ+ communities, including higher rates of disease and health conditions, behavioral health concerns, substance use, and homelessness. We also acknowledge the history of LGBTQ+ discrimination in healthcare settings, which contributes to health disparities. In addition to our routine behavioral health services, STRIDE offers gender affirmative therapy and  sexual health counseling.

Biofeedback and Virtual Reality (VR) Meditation
Biofeedback and meditation training is not done to the exclusion of other areas of health care in your treatment plan. Instead, biofeedback and meditation therapy is an adjunct to other treatment approaches. Biofeedback and meditation training is a noninvasive, drug-free approach to depression, anxiety, and stress management. A BHP can teach you how to lower your heart rate through breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, and mental exercises. You can measure the results of these techniques and exercises and see them on a screen. Available at select STRIDE locations.

EMDR
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from emotional distress caused by trauma or other life disturbing events. This therapy modality will be offered on a short term basis at select STRIDE locations starting in 2019.

乐动体育官方网站One way that STRIDE is mobilizing efforts in support of behavioral health is through the SBIRT. The SBIRT, which stands for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), is a screening process we use to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic substance abuse among our patients.

Since implementing the SBIRT in our sites, the Behavioral Health department has seen a 27% increase in unduplicated patient visits and a 13% increase in total clinic visits. Last year alone, more than 120,000 SBIRTs were completed in our clinics.

乐动体育官方网站“There is such a huge change in everywhere, in our world – with drugs, alcohol, with depression – I think that if we don’t ask those questions, how are we going to know if we can address them?” said Sharon Masten, Team Lead – Front Desk Support at Lakewood Health Center.

乐动体育官方网站Recently, STRIDE has incorporated the SBIRT screening in an innovative approach, through the use of laptops. The laptops provide an additional layer of transparency for patients answering such sensitive questions that they may have difficulty being honest about when asked face-to-face by a provider.

“I think it is a brilliant idea,” Sharon said. “I refer to them as health questions. If you present it that way, that it is real simple to do, patients don’t have problems with that. Honestly, they’re a lot more comfortable doing it out there [in the lobby], instead of an exam room.”

Ms. Jessie, a patient at Lakewood Health Center, expressed her appreciation for the efficiency in filling out the screening on the laptop while she waits for her appointment.

“We don’t have to sit out there and wait for them to call us,” she said. “We can go on and put everything in, and then they call us…it is an easy process.”

The CDC reports that 1 out of 6 adults will experience depression at some point in their lives. It affects about 16 million Americans each year.

“I believe if you’re having problems with drugs, alcohol or depression, I truly believe that that affects your physical health also. It is all hand-in-hand,” Sharon shared. “I think it is important if you work in healthcare, it is incumbent upon us to pay attention. If we are missing that piece, we are doing a real disservice.”

STRIDE has a nationally recognized, competitive psychology training program that attracts candidates from all over the country to interview for its programs in Integrated Primary Care Psychology. Under the direction of Dr. Athena Baca-Chieza, the program has grown to include a predoctoral practicum program, an APA-approved predoctoral internship program (), and a postdoctoral fellowship. Also, in 2018, STRIDE received BHWET funding in collaboration with Metro State University, to begin a Social Work internship program in integrated primary care. Under Dr. Baca-Chieza and her training faculty, students are guided towards clinical independence with advanced training and skills for best practices in clinical psychology within primary care and other community health settings, providing consultation to medical and other multidisciplinary teams, and performing psychological and behavioral health treatments with primary care patients. For more information, please email us.

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