Through our partnership with LifeWorks NW, Washington County, and Yamhill County Virginia Garcia has placed licensed behavioral and mental health professionals at each of our primary care clinics and SBHCs.
For patients with conditions affecting their ability to manage their physical health, behaviorists (licensed psychologists or social workers) provide ongoing care to individuals and groups to address issues such as chronic pain, tobacco cessation or depression. The behaviorists maintain an open schedule to ensure availability for a warm handoff from other care providers – a direct referral that builds on the trust the patient already has with their care team.
Behaviorists will refer patients needing intensive treatment for severe mental illness such as PTSD and severe depression to a mental health therapist. The mental health therapist provides intensive individual and group therapy coordination with the on-site psychiatric nurse, clinical pharmacist and primary care providers to help patients manage medication regimens.
Virginia Garcia has launched a groundbreaking initiative aimed at reaching a segment of the population facing extremely stark barriers to care – people with mental health illness. Partnering with local mental health agencies, Virginia Garcia will bring primary care services to three mental health facilities in Washington and Yamhill Counties. This effort is critical because adults living with serious mental illness die, on average, 25 years sooner than those without, and are more likely to suffer from chronic health conditions such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and high blood pressure. At the same time, they are less likely to access primary care services. Our goal is to bring medical services onsite to the mental health facility to mitigate the challenge faced by mentally ill patients of accessing traditional primary care settings
Building on a longstanding partnership that provides integrated primary care and mental health services, LifeWorks NW and Virginia Garcia have created a patient-centered health home at LifeWorks NW’s Hillsboro site with a grant from Providence Health and Services.
In McMinnville, Virginia Garcia and Yamhill County Mental Health have partnered at the Evans Street Clinic on a collaborative effort to ensure a patient-centered health home is available for Yamhill County residents.