- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A provider of mental health services in St. Louis called Places for People has partnered with Family Care Health Centers to open a clinic to provide mental and physical help to those in need.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/18SHBxz ) reports that staff members of Places for People, which works with hospitals when patients are discharged from psychiatric units, began to visit Family Care Health Centers once a week about a year ago to screen patients who might need behavioral health services.

The coordination between the community healthcare provider and mental health provider seeks to help patients with mental illness who might not address physical ailments on their own.

According to Dr. Jaron Asher, who is in charge of behavior health at Family Care Health Centers, many patients who are referred to an agency for mental illness and a physical illness often do not make it to both agencies.

“That is something that both places have in common. Patients don’t feel comfortable going to another agency until they get to know it,” Asher said. “A lot of people we refer elsewhere don’t make it there, or they make it there, and they don’t understand the benefits. At first, it’s a lot of paperwork and appointments, and they don’t understand the importance.”

For one patient, Jessica Crandall, having a facility where she could receive treatment for both her mental health treatment and high blood pressure was crucial.

“Everything collided at once in my life as far as mental health and physical health,” Crandall said. “To find a place that can deal with all these things together is huge.”

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com


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