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July 17, 2017

On July 17th, over 100 people attended the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Judge Guy Herman Center for Mental Health Crisis Care. Senators, Representatives, City Council members, law enforcement, our partners St. David’s Foundation and Central Health as well as members of the community were all present to mark this historic occasion.

The Herman Center will provide short term, emergency psychiatric crisis care for adults in Travis County. It will support our community by providing an alternative to incarceration and in-patient care, and will offer the opportunity to ensure that individuals whose primary issue is mental health have an appropriate and safe place to be stabilized, assessed and treated. The goal is to quickly resolve the immediate crisis so the individual can return home or transfer to another Integral Care residential program for ongoing support and recovery. The Herman Center offers the right level of care at the right time while reducing the cost of care and improving health outcomes for patients. Primary referrals to the Herman Center will come through law enforcement and health care providers like emergency rooms. The Herman Center is not suitable for walk-ins or self referrals. To learn more about the services of the Center, click here.

Thank you to all of our community partners, especially St. David’s Foundation and Central Health, for making this much needed service available in the community. St. David’s Foundation funded the project with a grant totaling almost $9M and Central Health made the land available via a low cost (virtually free) long-term lease, valued at $1.2M.

There is an urgent health crisis facing our country. Over the last 15 years, there has been a major increase in deaths and overdoses from prescription drugs across the United States. To ensure the health and safety of our clients and reduce the risk of adverse events, Integral Care will limit the use of sedatives and some anti-anxiety, narcotic and psychostimulant medications to our clients effective January 1, 2017. Exceptions to the prescribing policy will include some medications for clients 18 or younger and some medications for clients going through medically-supervised detox. This policy applies to all Integral Care clinics, including Psychiatric Emergency Services. This policy is consistent with other mental health authorities.

Integral Care staff received special training and is working closely with each client to transition them to medications that are safer and still effective over the coming months. We’re also working with stakeholders across the community to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the clients we serve. Please contact Medical Director Dr. Craig Franke at craig.franke@integralcare.org or (512) 445-7750 with any questions or concerns. You can also learn more about the prescribing changes here.

Integral Care’s vision of Healthy Living for Everyone promotes an inclusive culture respectful of all individuals. We comply with applicable Federal civil rights laws and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. To support positive health outcomes for the diverse populations we serve, we also provide Language Access Services to individuals with disabilities as well as non-English speakers to ensure everyone gets the care they need. Learn more here.

Integral Care charges a maximum monthly fee for services based on a client’s income and family size. To determine their maximum monthly fee, Integral Care clients must provide all required documents and complete a Financial Assessment. Click here to learn more.

Integral Care is pleased to announce that applications for new and renewing providers will now be continuously accepted throughout the year. We think you’ll like the changes we’ve made to the applications! To learn more visit the Provider page.

We are very pleased to have been selected by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to move to the next phase of consideration as a potential Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic pilot site. This unique opportunity will help Texas develop a robust “integrated health home” approach for populations for whom care is often fragmented and uncoordinated. You can learn more about Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics here.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) formally launched the Loan Repayment Program for Mental Health Professionals to help expand the state’s mental health workforce and improve access to mental health services in Texas. To learn more and apply, click here.

August 7, 2016

SUICIDE PREVENTION

Suicide is a serious, but preventable public health problem. Integral Care, as the local authority for behavioral health and developmental disabilities, has taken the lead on initiatives to help educate our community in hopes of collaboratively preventing suicides from occurring.

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50 years ago, Integral Care started building a comprehensive array of behavioral health services focused on prevention, early intervention and recovery for adults and children living with mental illness, substance use disorder and intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Today, we continue to work toward our vision of Health Living for Everyone in four key areas – serving individuals, strengthening the local service delivery system, providing education and training, and engaging the community to reduce stigma and increase awareness of mental health issues.

To strengthen outreach and access to our services, we’re kicking off our next 50 years with a refreshed logo and simpler name – Integral Care. Our new logo remains focused on what is most important to us – people. Please help us connect more people to our services by spreading the word that Integral Care is ready to meet the mental health needs in Travis County for the next 50 years and beyond.

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