UBHS Offers These Behavioral Management Program Services
By employing our skilled team of psychiatrists and mental health professionals, we are able to deliver the highest level of psychiatric services to rural locations on a regularly scheduled basis with coordination for crisis support at any time.
- Psychiatric Evaluations include a comprehensive review of the patient’s mental health treatment history, current medications, ongoing chronic health concerns as well as active behaviors. Our team of physicians and nurse practitioners are aware of current FDA concerns regarding the use of antipsychotic medications and the associated increased risk of death when used in elderly patients with dementia as well as the ongoing side effect found in these medications. Physicians are also concerned with assuring the reduction in duplicate drug therapies and in clearing documenting sound risk-benefit analysis when prescribing anti-psychotic medications. Our primary goal is to continue monitoring medication levels, appropriate diagnostic codes for use of medications, and the employment of counseling services in order to ameliorate behaviors. Initial psychiatric evaluations are typically scheduled for 45 minutes to one hour.
- Medication Management
based on the types and dosages of medications, we believe that patients should have consistent follow-up for medication management services every 30 to 90 days. These sessions with the psychiatrist or nurse practitioner will include a review of vital signs, overview of the medical chart and review of any therapy progress notes as well as conversations with the patient and when appropriate any caregivers. The goal of medication management is to assure the patient is stabilized on the most appropriate levels of medication.
UBHS proudly partners with licensed psychologists and licensed clinical social workers in order to deliver accountable and responsive mental health services on-site at long-term care facilities. Our team of clinicians view their role as vital member of the facility’s care community and our work with patients is designed to not only enhance the lives of the individuals but also to improve the quality of life within the entire community. Counseling services include:
- Diagnostic Assessment:
All counseling services are initiated with a comprehensive diagnostic assessment that includes a summary of the presenting issues or problems, an understanding of treatment history, review of the medical record, and the patient’s own reporting. Clinicians will also review information from sections D and E of the Minimum Data Set to include in their diagnostic assessment.
- Treatment Plan:
At the outset of treatment and every 90 days, clinicians will work with the patient and the facility team members to develop a treatment plan. Treatment plans are designed to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-limited.
Based on the treatment plan, patients may be seen weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. We encourage a skills-based approach to our counseling sessions. At times and with the permission of the client, we may engage staff members into the session in order to assist use in skill development. We also provide family sessions with our without the patient present to address the complex family issues often surrounding the concerns of long-term care and chronic medical and mental health issues.
At UBHS, our partnerships with our facilities are extremely important. We believe the relationships with our facilities are key to our success and the success of our clients. We are happy to offer the following services to all of our partners in long-term senior services:
- Seamless and HIPAA Compliant Documentation Sharing–
- Staff Development TrainingUBHS can offer our partner facilities three staff training sessions per year. Our contracted facilities can coordinate with our program administrator regarding available topics, dates, and times. We also would welcome input from our facilities on their ongoing training needs so we can continue to develop our resources.
- Treatment Team Meetings
Our program administrator and/or clinicians welcome the opportunity to participate in treatment team meetings to offer recommendations address challenges or assist in securing additional resources for patients with mental health concerns.