Medical Services

If you are starting down a PATH to wellness, you will want to make sure that you are physically and mentally prepared. While many providers address the mental and emotional needs of each client, PATH goes one step further by addressing and monitoring the physical challenges that you may be facing as well.

Integrated care allows for clients to achieve sustainable results much faster than independent and disconnected service models. Our nursing team is a key reason why PATH is the leader in fully integrated outpatient behavioral healthcare.

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Path IHC Psychiatrists and Nurse Practitioners

Researcher has established that many of the symptoms of mental illness come from chemical imbalances in a person's brain. While behavioral interventions with be key to making progress on your PATH to wellness, it is important to know that certain medications can work on these imbalances to reduce your symptoms, or sometimes, to relieve them completely. Our Psychiatrists and APRN’s will evaluate your symptoms and determine if specific medications are right for you.

It is important to know the benefits of prescribed medications, as well as their potential side effects, and to continue to communicate with our prescribers and nurses about any concerns that you may have. As you consider your options, it may help to know some basic facts about medication therapies. Medications are not cure-alls. Medications only treat symptoms, so if you stop taking them, your symptoms can return. Our prescribers will guide you on how long you might expect to take medication and what to do if you experience any negative side effects.

Every medicine has its benefits and its risks. Deciding to take medication is all about balancing possible benefits against possible side effects. Sometimes, it's hard to know how a medicine will affect you until you try it.

Medications often help the most when they're part of an overall treatment program. This is why PATH’s integrated approach to services is so important Your plan may include psychotherapy, nursing, therapy, and case management services. This fully integrated system of care can be very successful with problems that medications or therapy alone can't treat.

It can take time to feel better. Some medications take a few weeks to work. And sometimes a medication's side effects may start before its benefits. You also may have to try more than one medication before you get the right fit, but many people find it's worth the wait. Our Psychiatrists and APRN’s are experienced behavioral health professionals who will meet with you as needed to evaluate your progress and adjust your medications to meet your ongoing needs.

Our nurses will:

  • Utilize motivational interviewing to educate and engage individuals in self-care
  • Work in coordination with our prescribers to ensure that clients receive the appropriate medications and are fully educated on what to expect as a result of their use
  • Screening for and identify co-occurring mental health and substance use issues
  • Incorporate assessment tools such as the SBIRT to screen for substance use disorders
  • Use behavior change interventions including elements of cognitive behavioral strategies
  • Effectively triage of behavioral health problems based on level of severity and available resources
  • Appropriate referral to specialty providers when necessary