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    Mental Health Program for Adolescents

    Mills-Peninsula and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) collectively provide ambulatory and hospital-based health care services to more than 70,000 adolescents (ages 12-18) within our four-county service area, which includes Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda and Santa Cruz. We know that at least 10,000 of them have behavioral disorders, but our records show that most have yet to be identified, diagnosed and treated.

    While we have nationally-recognized teams of psychiatristsGenerosity Heals, Make a Gift Today - Donate to the Mental Health Program for Adolescents, registered nurses, clinical social workers, psychiatric technicians, mental health workers, and occupational therapists, Millls-Peninsula and PAMF are working to further integrate mental health care delivery for adolescents most in need of these services. Within the United States' private health care sector, timely and effective intervention isn’t always available because mental health services and the treatment of substance abuse are often disconnected from the routine medical care of the patient.

    Unfortunately, the lack of integrated mental and medical health services is common. Economically-motivated insurance models that “carve-out” mental health from general medical coverage and decades of cultural stigmatization are the primary barriers.

    Five-Year Pilot Program to Expand Mental Health Care for Adolescents

    A coordinated action plan with innovative partnerships between primary care clinicians, psychiatrists, mental health professionals, schools, public agencies, and community organizations is necessary to establish a new benchmark for integrated behavioral and medical health services in our communities. As such, we have assembled a collaborative team, including key organizational stakeholders, with the complementary skills and capacities needed to design and implement a coordinated plan of action for the next several years. This team has outlined a five-year plan with the specific goal to establish a nationally-recognized model of care that will transform the health care of our region, beginning with our adolescent population.

    The five-year program seeks to achieve the following two objectives:

    • Integrate mental health into the primary care setting and expand community partnerships
    • Contribute to burgeoning research on mental disorders and integrated primary care

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    With your help, we can build upon a solid foundation of quality care, continue our efforts to overcome the stigma of mental health services and providers and tailor mental health treatments to diverse age, gender, racial, and cultural needs. For more information about how you can support this project, please contact John Loder, president of Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation, at 650-696-5958 or e-mail loderj@sutterhealth.org.

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