Integrated Care

Integrated care is the coordination of general and behavioral health care needs in an effort to treat not just the body but the mind.
Integrated Care

A startling statistic is that individuals with mental and substance abuse disorders are dying decades earlier than the average person.  And more startling is that they are dying mostly from untreated and preventable chronic illnesses like hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease that are aggravated by poor health habits such as inadequate physical activity, poor nutrition, smoking, and substance abuse.  People are also facing barriers to primary care.  And coupled with challenges in navigating complex healthcare systems this causes a major obstacle to care. 

In order to address this issue,  Zepf Center has implemented Integrated Care.  Integrated Care is the coordination of general and behavioral health care needs in an effort to treat not just the body but the mind.  At Zepf Center we strive to integrate mental health, substance abuse and primary care services to best meet the needs of our clients.  Clients will receive a Comprehensive Assessment in order to determine the best course of treatment.  This assessment includes not only the client's behavioral health (mental health and substance abuse) needs but their physical needs, social need and long term care needs.  Cultural and linguistic needs are addressed as well.  Based on this comprehensive assessment, an Integrated Care Plan is developed with the client taking an active part in its development. The goal is for our clients to become as healthy as possible and for all of their care to be coordinated among all of their providers, internally here at Zepf Center as well as with their external providers.

Throughout Zepf Center are several programs and services that embrace the concept of Integrated Care.  They include the following:

  • Neighborhood Health Association (http://nhainc.org/) allows for those clients without a primary care physician to have access to one.  Clients can see a primary care physician at one of the Zepf Center facilities .

 

  • Operated at our Collingwood Ave location, The Wellness Center facilitates numerous programs for our adult and our child and adolescent clients.  Program areas include gardening, nutrition, fitness, health and wellness, art, and social.  Located at the Wellness Center is gym with equipment including weights, treadmills and elliptical machines with scheduled hours for client and staff use.


 

 

  • Located at our Nebraska location is a fully operational pharmacy run by Genoa a QoL Healthcare (http://www.genoa-qol.com/).  Zepf Center clients are able to utilize this pharmacy to fill their prescriptions.  In addition the pharmacy will deliver medication to clients at any of the Zepf Center locations.

 

  • PathLabs, Inc. (http://pathlabs.org) provides on-site phlebotomy services at Zepf Center's Nebraska location.  In addition to scheduled appointments, walk-in hours are also in place to ensure that our clients are completing their needed lab work.

 

  • On the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month The Dental Center of Northwest Ohio (http://dentalcenternwo.org/) brings their Smile Express Mobile Dental Van to our Nebraska location providing needed dental services to our Adult clients.

 

  • As an option, clients can choose to use our Telepsychiatry services instead of seeing an onsite psychiatrist.  Telepsychiatry is traditional psychiatric services provided over a secure connection between two computers.  Clients are in an office equipped with a monitor (TV), small camera, speakers and microphone. Instead of having the psychiatrist seated in the room with the patient, interaction with be via the computer connection (similar to skype, FaceTime, web conferencing, etc).  They have the ability to see the provider, hear the provider over the speakers, and be able to talk to the provider through the microphone. The provider will be able to see, hear and speak to the client through the equipment in his off-site office. 

 

  • For clients receiving Medicaid they are able to take part in the Health Homes program.  Health Homes is a person-centered holistic approach that provides integrated behavioral health and physical health care coordination and care management for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness.  Every Health Home participant is assigned a Case Manager and a Health Home Worker. They will work with together, along with the client, to address not only the client's physical and behavioral health care needs, but their economic and basic needs as well (housing, education, legal).

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Integrated care is the coordination of general and behavioral health care needs in an effort to treat not just the body but the mind.

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