JSA Health Chosen By Lubbock Texas Based StarCare to Provide Telepsychiatry Admission At Sunrise Canyon Hospital

JSA Health Telepsychiatry is pleased to announce an expansion of our work with Starcare Specialty Health System of Lubbock, Texas. JSA will be providing admissions to Sunrise Canyon Hospital operated by Starcare.

Sunrise Canyon Hospital is a psychiatric facility for short-term crisis stabilization. It is a 30-bed hospital … an adult inpatient treatment facility which provides psychiatric evaluation, rehabilitation services, and comprehensive discharge planning for people who have a mental illness and/or who are experiencing a serious psychiatric crisis.
Sunrise Canyon Hospital is the only community-based hospital of its kind in Texas, operated by and integrated within the other programs of a community mental health center, StarCare Specialty Health System. Sunrise Canyon is Joint Commission Accredited.
JSA Health Telepsychiatry continues to show its commitment to serving public sector community mental health centers as a core mission of our company.

 

From the Starcare Website:

 

StarCare Specialty Health Systems provides services for adults, children and adolescents who have a diagnosis of mental illness, developmental disabilities or substance abuse. As the state designated mental health and mental retardation authority for Lubbock, Lynn, Cochran, Crosby and Hockley counties, the Center has authority and responsibility for: planning policy development; coordination, development and allocation of resources; and oversight of mental health and mental retardation services.

As the local mental health and mental retardation authority, the Center accepts the obligation of public trust and is committed to developing, maintaining, and expending resources in a manner that ensures the greatest benefit to consumers and to the community. The Center is governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees appointed by the City of Lubbock, Lubbock County and Lubbock Independent School District. The Board of Trustees is reflective of the community, includes consumer and/or family member representation, and is governmental in nature and accountable to the public trust. Their responsibilities as the governing body of a local authority and as public stewards are paramount as they carry out their duties in:

  • Determining the organization’s vision, mission and values;
  • Evaluating implementation activities and planning to assure:
    • Public Accountability,
    • Sound Financial Planning and Asset Protection,
    • A Focus on Individual and Organizational Outcomes and
    • Equitable, Confidential and Dignified Treatment of Staff and Volunteers;
  • Developing governing policies;
  • Complying with state laws applicable to board actions;
  • Developing relationships with local, state and national officials;
  • Advocating for funding and statutory changes, which will support the vision, mission and values of the Center.

History

Originally known as the South Plains Guidance Center, StarCare Specialty Health Systems was created in February 1964 as a result of the efforts of the Lubbock Community Planning Council and in response to the identified need for services for people with mental illness and mental retardation within the Lubbock community.

The Mental Health and Mental Retardation Act of 1965 prompted a request to the Texas Department of MHMR by the City of Lubbock for the formation of a Community MHMR Center in the Lubbock area. The request was approved and the Board of Trustees of LRMHMRC was appointed in March of 1966. The original local service area, Lubbock County, was expanded in 1975 to include Cochran, Crosby, Hockley and Lynn Counties. At that time the Center’s name was changed to Lubbock Regional Mental Health Mental Retardation Center.

Over the ensuing thirty years, the Center’s scope of responsibility and geographic service area have steadily broadened, even beyond the five county MHMR service area, through its relationship with a variety of state agencies.  For example, STARCARE maintains contractual relationships with:

StarCare also is designated a Local Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority. Under this designation, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) delegates the authority for planning, policy development, coordination, resource allocation and resource development, and oversight of mental health and mental retardation services to the Center for the service area specified by HHSC.

 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.

One Hundred Forty-Nine Rural Texas Hospitals Will Access JSA Health Telepsychiatry through the Network Access Improvement Program (NAIP)

JSA Health Telepsychiatry is proud to have been selected to provide statewide telepsychiatry to up to 149 rural hospitals throughout the state as part of a wide ranging project through the Network Access Improvement Program (NAIP) in Texas.

The NAIP is designed to further the state’s goal of increasing the availability and effectiveness of primary care and behavioral health for Medicaid beneficiaries by incentivizing health-related institutions (HRIs) and public hospitals to provide quality, well-coordinated, and continuous care. During the 83rd session, the Texas Legislature underscored the importance of ensuring primary care and mental health access to the Medicaid population through HRIs. The General Appropriations Act for the 2014-2015 Biennium contains two riders to Article II, Health and Human Services Commission which state the NAIP purpose:
  • Improve the availability, quality and coordination of primary and specialty care services provided by public hospitals
  • Promote provider education on Medicaid program requirements and the specialized needs of Medicaid recipients
  • Measure progress through increased care access and physician compliance with selected quality objectives

JSA Health Telepsychiatry will help meet these goals by providing 24/7 access to rural hospitals … starting with the first twenty-six by the end of 2016. Additional projects through NAIP will include:

  • Rural nursing homes
  • Rural Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)
  • Other rural clinics

 

JSA Health Telepsychiatry has been a strong supporter of statewide emergency telepsychiatry programs … especially to rural Texas hospitals badly in need of help with psychiatric patients in overcrowded emergency rooms … and to the patients themselves needing help under difficult conditions for days or weeks due to lack of inpatient psychiatric beds.
JSA thinks big … this is our style project. We look forward to having a positive impact in many of these 149 rural hospitals. We at JSA are grateful for the trust people have in our mental health services … and we earn that trust everyday.

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.

Providence Healthcare Network and JSA Health Telepsychiatry Partner To Provide Hospital Wide Telepsychiatry Consultation

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is pleased to announce the start of telepsychiatry consultation services at the Providence Health Center in Waco, Texas. This hospital wide telepsychiatry project provides tele-consultation to patients in the Providence Hospital Emergency Department, Medical/Surgical floors, and Intensive Care Units. Providence Hospital is part of a Waco, Texas area implementation that provides JSA Health telepsychiatrists to 11 hospitals … one psychiatric hospital … and a Mental Health Emergency Center in the Waco region.

Providence Health Center was Waco’s first hospital–founded in 1905 at the request of local businessmen who saw the need for a hospital in Waco. They approached the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent DePaul in Dallas about sponsorship of a hospital, to which the Daughters agreed. Providence Healthcare Network is dedicated to carrying out a Mission of Compassion and Vision of Excellence through providing exceptional health care, with a special commitment to the poor.

 

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The Providence Health Network includes the Providence Health Center, a 301-bed acute care full-service medical center, with cardiac, orthopedic, obstetric, surgical weight loss, rehabilitative and emergency services; primary care and specialty clinics, the DePaul Center, a 64-bed mental health facility; Providence Home Care, one of the largest full-service home care agencies locally; and Providence Park, a 341 bed multi-level of care, long-term facility and retirement community offering sub-acute, nursing care and rehabilitation services.

Providence is a member of Ascension Health, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Ascension Health is transforming health care by providing the highest quality care to all, and is the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.

 

An informative video from the Providence Health Network website:

 

 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.

 

JSA Health Telepsychiatry’s Mental Health Emergency Center Design for Austin, Texas Breaks Ground

 

Video News Story from KEYE TV – click to play.

 

JSA Health Telepsychiatry is pleased to announce the latest version of it’s award winning Mental Health Emergency Center (MHEC) design. The new MHEC, to be built in Austin, Texas, was funded by the St. David’s Foundation who provided $8.9 million dollars to build and operate the new Psychiatric Emergency Room, Extended Observation Unit, and Crisis Residential Unit that will be built just east of downtown Austin.
JSA’s CEO Dr. Avrim Fishkind will be present on this project throughout the design and implementation process. The St. David’s Foundation turned to Dr. Fishkind in late 2013 to help them determine what design for psychiatric crisis services was needed in Austin, Texas. Dr. Fishkind proposed the design and helped the St. David’s Foundation Board to determine that the $8.9 million dollars was the right price, for the right service, in the right place at the right time … the mantra of this new era of accountable care.
Dr. Fishkind and the JSA team have been assisting Austin Travis County Integral Care, the community mental health authority that will run the new MHEC style center. JSA has provided consulting regarding physical plant design, clinical operations and procedures, medical and psychosocial service delivery, staffing and budget issues, and implementation of telepsychiatry. When the facility opens, JSA Health Telepsychiatry will be providing the on-demand emergency psychiatric evaluations and make make tele-rounds at the Austin MHEC.

 

From The Austin American Statesman:

A long-awaited Austin facility for people suffering a mental health crisis is moving from the drawing board to an early April groundbreaking, with an opening planned for early next year, officials will announce Tuesday.

The Judge Guy Herman Center for Mental Health Crisis Care, at 6600 Ben White Blvd., will stabilize people in a calmer, more appropriate and less expensive environment than an emergency room, a psychiatric hospital or a jail. It is being named for a Travis County probate judge who has long advocated expanding mental health services.

Officials said in July 2014 that they hoped to open the center in 2015, but the process has taken longer than anticipated, said Ellen Richards, chief strategy officer for Austin Travis County Integral Care, the public mental health organization.

“We’ve been going through design changes so it meets the needs of consumers and families,” she said. “And in a boom town, getting a new building designed and built is time-consuming.”

Herman, who commits people to the Austin State Hospital, said he was honored by the naming and wasn’t concerned about the delay.

“It’s better to go slower and get it right rather than go faster and get it wrong,” he said, adding that the center will “absolutely” reduce the 3,400 state hospital commitments he makes each year.

Plans for services at the Herman Center also have evolved.

Its 42 employees will provide patients with holistic, integrated care, said Sherry Blyth, director of crisis services for Integral Care. That means not only will patients get intensive psychiatric services 24 hours a day, but those who need primary medical care or social services will be linked to that help, Blyth said. Patients will stay an average of three to five days and then go home or to a hospital if needed.

 

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“We would have assured that they’re firmly established with ongoing care” for up to 90 days, she said.

Since 2005, such a center has been discussed among mental health officials, law enforcement officers and Central Health, Travis County’s hospital district. Almost two years ago, the St. David’s Foundation said it would provide an $8.9 million grant to Integral Care to build and operate the facility for two years. After that it will be self-sustaining.

“I’m just thrilled that it’s opening and it will be the first center of its kind” in Austin, said Earl Maxwell, the foundation’s CEO.

Construction of the 12,000-square-foot, 16-bed facility will cost $4.3 million, Richards said. It will be adjacent to Central Health’s Southeast Health and Wellness Center, and Central Health will lease the land for $1 a year.

Although psychiatric emergency services became available at University Medical Center Brackenridge two years ago, that ER can’t hold patients for days. It can put patients in restraints and seclusion, but that won’t be done at the Herman Center, officials said.

“For people in a psychiatric crisis, it reduces the feeling of being stigmatized for having needed emergency psychiatric care,” Blyth said. “We will be able to admit people directly from the community without them having to go to an emergency department.”

Retired educator Valerie Dodd Milburn of Austin, who is 55 and has bipolar disorder, said she welcomes the center. She experienced a crisis in the 1990s and was sent from the ER to a psychiatric hospital “not because I needed the environment but because it was the only place available,” she said.

“That situation still continues,” added Milburn, who chairs Communities for Recovery and is active with the Austin chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Officials expect the center to serve about 1,460 patients in the first year and 1,655 in the second year.

 

 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.

 

Heart of Texas MHMR and JSA Health Telepsychiatry Partner to Care For TCOOMMI Consumers

 

JSA Health Telepsychiatry has always been community minded .. and a central part of community psychiatry is being attentive to criminal offenders with mental illness. Here in Texas, the state government in Austin developed an excellent program known as TCOOMMI -Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments. It’s a very progressive program designed to help such offenders re-integrate into the community and avoid future incarceration and hospitalization.

JSA is now serving TCOOMMI clients at Heart of Texas MHMR in Waco … the Burke Center in Lufkin …  and Community HealthCore in east Texas. These programs presents a unique opportunity for JSA psychiatrists to impact an important population to increase community tenure and functioning. Our thanks to Heart of Texas MHMR, Burke Center and Community HealthcCore for choosing JSA for these projects.

 

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From the TCOOMMI Website:

TCOOMMI Activities

TCOOMMI identifies and responds to statutory procedural or regulatory practices that impacts offenders with special needs. Examples of activities include:

  • Coordinating with the Texas Commission on Jail Standards on strategies to improve the screening, identification and treatment of inmates with mental illnesses in county jails.
  • Establishing a process for ensuring continuity of care for defendants being returned to jail after a determination of competency. This includes post-release medication reimbursement and support services after sentencing.
  • Developing a process to evaluate competency evaluations’ compliance to statutory provisions set forth in 46.B, Code of Criminal Procedure.
  • Implementing and monitoring the memoranda of understanding required between local and state criminal justice and health and human service agencies to ensure a continuum of care for offenders with special needs.
  • Developing, implementing and monitoring the cross-referencing of local and state offender data to health and human service client information to enhance the identification of special needs offenders throughout the criminal justice continuum.
  • Monitoring the compliance of local and state entities to statutory provisions for exchanging confidential information without a release as set forth in Chapter 614.017, Health and Safety Code.
  • Enhancing collaborative efforts for juvenile offenders through the development of interlocal agreements defining roles and responsibilities of local and state governmental entities.

 

Community Based Interventions

Case Management for Adults

  • Adult service programs are designed to demonstrate a multi-service approach, along with appropriate and cost effective alternatives to incarceration for offenders with special needs.
  • Through contracts with TCOOMMI, 37 statewide community centers and the Department of State Health Services provide a local mental health authority:
    • Case management
    • Psycho-social rehabilitation
    • Psychiatric services
    • Medication and monitoring
    • Individual/Group therapy and skills training
    • Benefit eligibility services including Federal Entitlement Application Processing
    • Screening and linkage to appropriate medical services, including hospice
    • Jail screening
    • Court intervention
    • Pre-release referral process for jails and families

Continuity of Care (COC)

  • Adult COC programs are designed to conduct pre-release screenings and referrals for post release medial or psychiatric services for adult offenders with special needs referred from TDCJ CID and other sources.
  • Local mental health authority community center COC services include but are not limited to the following:
    • Service coordination for post release services
    • Joint treatment planning with criminal justice agencies, social services, health & human service agencies and other appropriate disciplines
    • Benefits eligibility services and applications

Jail Diversion

  • The jail diversion programs are designed specifically to demonstrate a multi-service approach for more appropriate alternatives to incarceration for offenders with medical impairments.
  • The jail diversion programs include the following services:
    • Designated mental health staff assigned to screen offenders for mental health issues
    • Resource information services for attorneys or court personnel
    • Advocacy for the offender with attorneys, court personnel and/or bond release programs
    • Referrals for further medical evaluation or commitment

Services for Juvenile Probationers

  • Juvenile services programs are designed as a family-based, multi-service approach to meet the mental health needs of juvenile offenders
  • Services are targeted for youth in the Texas juvenile justice system, ages 10-18, who have been assessed with severe emotional disturbances
  • 16 local mental health authority community center programs provide core team oriented case management and flexible programming
  • Service components include:
    • Assessments for service referral
    • Service coordination and planning
    • Medication and monitoring
    • Individual and/or group therapy and skills training
    • Family focused support services
    • Benefit eligibility services
    • Transitional services

Wrap Around Services for TJJD Youth on Parole

  • Juvenile services are provided to TJJD juveniles through a COC system
  • Services are targeted for youth released on parole who have a serious mental illness which require post release treatment
  • Local mental health authority community center services provide:
    • Individualized assessments
    • Services coordination
    • Medication monitoring
    • Advocacy services
    • Transitional services to other treatment programs
    • Benefit eligibility

 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.

 

JSA Health Telepsychiatry Moving Ahead in California With Champion Center Rehabilitation Hospital

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is pleased to announce a new project with Champion Center  – a chemical dependency rehabilitation hospital which provides a full spectrum of addition treatment for patients and their families to recover from the disease of addiction and it’s related disorders. Champion Center is owned and operated by the Lompoc Healthcare District.

Champion Center consists of 3 main treatment areas:

  • Medical Services Unit: a 34-bed medical detoxification unit.

  • The Oaks: a 16-bed inpatient residential treatment unit.

  • Recovery Residences: 4 condo, 30-bed residences

Go live for this project is April 1, 2016. JSA Health Telepsychiatrists will be performing consultation services making recommendations in the following areas:

  • Psychiatric medications

  • Behavioral management strategies

  • Determinations of safety to self and/or others

JSA Health Telepsychiatry welcomes the opportunity help patients at Champion Center get psychiatric consultation to increase their success in chemical dependency treatment.

From the Champion Center website:

Champion Center: Recover, Renew, Rejoice

There is a champion in all of us. It is the part in us that takes the first step, faces fear and moves forward. It’s that part in us that begins the process of recovery. Champion Center is here to embrace, support and partner with the champion in you.

We provide a full spectrum of addiction treatment for patients, families and communities to recover from the disease of addiction and related disorders.

We Value:

  • Integrity in all we do
  • The 12 Step tradition, principles, and community
  • Compassion and empathy: the heart of our staff
  • Expertise: education, training, and experience
  • The human spirit: we all have the ability to recover
  • Teamwork among our staff and patients
  • Stewardship: we are responsible managers of our resources

History

Champion Center represents a partnership between the Lompoc Healthcare District and Addiction Medicine Services, Inc. The Lompoc Valley Medical Center was the first operating healthcare district established in California. Addiction Medicine Services, Inc. has a long history of partnering with hospitals to provide behavioral health and chemical dependency clinical services.

Champion Center is built on a solid foundation of experience, ethics and quality care.

Treatment

We believe that chemical dependency is a primary illness that is describable, progressive, chronic, potentially fatal, and treatable. It is an all-pervasive disease that affects mind, body, and spirit. Cross addiction from one substance to another is a reality of the disease and therefore, abstinence from all mind and mood altering substances is a required aspect of recovery. Chemical dependency is a family disease affecting everyone in the family system. To be most effective, addiction treatment must be extended to all family members concurrently so that the family recovers together.

The therapeutic drug and alcohol treatment process at Champion Center occurs within a holistic, cognitively-oriented framework. It is facilitated through educational, task oriented and process groups. Introduction to the 12 Step program and philosophy is a component of treatment.

 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.