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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is proud to have been chosen by the Southeast Region Texas Juvenile Justice Department to provide exclusive telepsychiatry services to 16 counties in the region. This is an exciting and innovative program … part of the TJJD commitment to ensure that the most severe of juvenile justice dispositions are limited to youth with the highest risk of recidivism … including those with behavioral health disorders. With the addition of telepsychiatry, diversion can now be pursued with regards to detention facilities and inpatient psychiatric treatment by providing community based telepsychiatry interventions with JSA telepsychiatrists.

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Montgomery and Brazos Counties are not participating in this project at this time.

The Southeast Texas Region is made up of 24 jurisdictions covering 29 counties. There are two large counties (Harris, and Fort Bend), eleven medium counties (Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Jefferson, Brazos, Angelina, Orange, Liberty, Polk, San Jacinto, and Trinity) and sixteen small counties (Jasper, Newton, Sabine, San Augustine, Hardin, Waller, Chambers, Wharton, Walker, Matagorda, Austin, Grimes, Houston, Tyler, Leon, and Madison). The total juvenile population of the region is 878,165 or 27.6 percent of the State of Texas juvenile population.

The region hosts five secure post-adjudication correctional facilities: • Brazoria County Residential Treatment Facility (males/females); • Fort Bend County Juvenile Leadership Academy – Secure (males); • Galveston County Post-Adjudication Center (males/female); • Burnett Bayland Rehabilitation Center – Harris County (males); • Leadership Academy (males/females); and • Harris County Youth Village (males/females).In fiscal year 2015, the Southeast Texas Region placed 4,238 youth in post-adjudication correctional facilities and non-secure placement programs.

 

From the TJJD website regarding Diversion:

 

TARGET POPULATION FOR DIVERSION The goal of regionalization is to reduce the number of TJJD commitments and, at the same time, ensure that the most severe juvenile justice dispositions are limited to youth with the highest risk of recidivism. From a research-informed perspective, the appropriate target population for TJJD commitments is youth with high risk of recidivism for which less restrictive alternatives have been utilized prior to TJJD commitment. Consequently, an important focus of regionalization is to divert youth with a risk of recidivism assessed as low and medium from TJJD commitment.

 

The Risk-Needs-Responsivity principle guided discussions and analyses of the target population for regionalization. An initial analysis of the risk levels of youth receiving an indeterminate commitment in fiscal year 2014 showed that 28 percent (n=203) had a risk level of “medium” on the community risk assessment tools and another 7 percent (n=49) had a “low” risk of recidivism. A similar pattern of committing low or medium risk level youth was evident in the fiscal year to date 2015 data.

Additional analyses of youth committed to TJJD made it clear that medium and low risk youth for which less restrictive options had not been used, but with high levels of service needs, should be the initial target population for regionalization. For example, of youth committed to TJJD in fiscal year 2014, 30 percent had not been receiving a residential placement option prior to TJJD commitment. Also, more than 30 percent of youth committed to TJJD had less than two prior adjudications. These proportions were similar for large, medium, and small counties and across regions.

At the same time, the low and medium risk youth showed a high need for specialized treatment and other services. Of 385 youth committed in fiscal year 2014 and scoring low or medium on the TJJD risk assessment, 98 percent had at least one specialized treatment need and 70 percent had two or more specialized treatment needs. Specifically, close to half of the youth had a high need for alcohol or other drug treatment, and 50 percent had a need for some level of mental health treatment. Almost two thirds had a high or moderate need for capital, serious, violent offending treatment and about 16 percent needed some level of sexual behavior treatment.

Furthermore, the 385 youths scoring low or medium on risk to recidivate had need for trauma-informed care and extensive educational services. Close to 40 percent of the youth were indicated as victims of abuse or neglect, 28 percent were special education eligible, and on average, they were five grade levels behind in math and close to four grade levels behind in reading. Overall, the data analyses and input from probation leaders pointed to service gaps and lack of resources locally as important contributing factors to commitments of youth with low or moderate risk for recidivism.

The regionalization task force therefore decided that improving services and directing diversion efforts to youth with low and moderate risk levels had to be the priority during the initial implementation of regionalization. The unique characteristics of youth were also considered. Certain youth may best be served outside a restrictive correctional setting. Young children have developmental needs that differ from older adolescents and respond best to curriculum designed with these needs in mind, delivered by staff that have specialized training, along with same-aged peers.

Similarly, youth with complex mental health needs and developmental or intellectual disabilities may benefit most from treatment in a setting that can best accommodate their unique needs. Non-violent youth who do not pose a threat to their homes and communities should be prioritized for remaining in their homes when suitable treatment is available.

And finally, research supports the notion that low to moderate risk youth are best served at lower levels of the juvenile justice continuum. After careful consideration of the above mentioned variables, the Task Force defined the initial target population of youth appropriate for regionalization diversion as all youth who are eligible, and under consideration, for commitment to TJJD. In order to qualify, the juvenile probation department must demonstrate a prior effort to provide appropriate intervention with priority given to the treatment needs of the youth. Interventions should be commensurate with county resources.

Youth who may be especially appropriate for diversion include: • younger offenders (those between the ages of 10-12); • youth with a serious mental illness; • youth with a developmental or intellectual disability; • youth with non-violent offenses; and • youth with low to moderate risk levels for re-offense. As the requirements for commitment to TJJD are changed, risk and needs assessments improve placement, and programming decisions for youth and local programming and services are developed and improved, TJJD expects to see a change in the youth counties are committing to state facilities and those they are seeking to divert through regionalization diversion.

As these changes occur, TJJD will reevaluate the target population and application parameters for regionalization diversion to include more high and moderate high risk youth. All departments in Texas were asked to complete a Juvenile Probation Department Resource Inventory (Appendix F). Using the department inventories, the presidents of each region then developed a Regional Resource Inventory and Plan (Appendix G). One key component of the plan was for the region to establish: • which youth within the target population may be best served given the current availability of resources; and • which additional portion of youth within the target population the region could serve next if provided additional resources within this biennium and future biennia.

The task force acknowledged the variability of resources and treatment options available to each of the 166 departments across the state and agreed that every department must demonstrate efforts to rehabilitate youth consistent with their current practices and aligned with available resources. The target population was designed in an effort to accommodate all departments, allowing for the consideration of the unique needs of each youth rather than be driven by region or department size.

 

 

JSA is looking forward to this project to further help persons with behavioral health disorders in Texas. Our thanks to Palo Pinto General Hospital for the opportunity.

 

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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.
Aug 192016
 

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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.
Mar 292016
 

 

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.

 

Mar 292016
 

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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.

Mar 152016
 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with Columbus Community Hospital located in Columbus, Texas. JSA was founded to help rural hospitals like Columbus Community Hospital have the capacity for emergency telepsychiatry evaluation and treatment. JSA will be providing their unique approach to emergency psychiatry through the use of on-demand telemedicine … with the goal of helping persons in psychiatric crisis achieve mental wellness with all deliberate speed.

 

From the Columbus Community Hospital website:

Columbus Community Hospital is a 40-bed, acute care medical and surgical facility recognized throughout the community as a comprehensive health care organization. As a rural hospital, Columbus offers its patients the best that advanced technology has to offer combined with the warm personalized care of a hometown facility.

Our patients can expect “your health matters” continuity of care administered in a caring and friendly environment by dedicated professionals wholly committed to serving them. As one of largest employers in Columbus, CCH maintains a significant contribution to the economic health of the surrounding area. CCH’s not-for-profit community ownership ensures that resources are committed to improving quality of care in conjunction with meeting the health care needs of Columbus and the surrounding area.

Every member of the Columbus Community Hospital staff is committed to a common goal: effectively meeting the needs of patients and their families. Through an emphasis on innovative service and top quality care, Columbus Community Hospital is positioned to meet the health care challenges now and in the future.

Our Mission

It is our goal to provide accessible, quality, cost-effective health care to our community.

We are resolved to foster a safe and positive environment of encouragement, growth, challenge and continuous improvement.

Vision Statement

  • To foster a wellness state for our community through education, support and cooperation with other health care organizations.
  • To empower our staff to be part of a cohesive professional dedicated interdisciplinary team.
  • To assess the needs of our community and provide appropriate services for our changing health care environment.
  • To promote collaborative relationships with other providers to facilitate a continuum of care with shared services.
  • To establish and maintain an economically stable facility through community support and funding while meeting our charitable goals.

History

On February 27, 1950, CCH became a non-profit organization, consisting of twenty-one beds. Since that time we have continued to grow with the needs of the community and today we have 40 beds with 16 active physicians on our Medical Staff as well as physicians providing services in a consulting and courtesy capacity. We are considered an acute care hospital employing over 175 people. The Hospital is directed by the Administrator, James Vanek, CEO, and governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of members of the community who donate their time and energies.

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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.

Mar 152016
 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is pleased to announce a new telepsychiatry partnership with Lacava Medical Center  of Hallettsville, Texas. Lavaca Medical Center is a 25-bed, rural, 86,409 square foot, critical access hospital.  LMC serves a target population of approximately 19,347 people. The service area includes the towns of Hallettsville, Shiner, Moulton, and Sheridan, Flatonia, Sweet Home, Schulenburg, and Yoakum. The facility has been in operation since 1977, and has undergone several renovations, with the last being completed in 2013. Services include: Inpatient, Outpatient, Emergency, Ambulatory, Diagnostic, and Therapeutic Care. The Clinic at Lavaca Medical Center is located inside the facility.
Lavaca Medical Center is designated as a Level IV Trauma Facility. The Alton C. Allen Emergency Department at LMC has 3 regular ER beds and 2 separate Trauma Rooms. The Emergency Department handles more than 3,600 visits per year. LMC houses an up-todate and progressive Imaging Department. The Lewis Allen, Jr. Imaging Center offers a Bone Densitometry Unit, CT Scanning, Digital Mammography, Doppler Studies, Echocardiograms, MRIs,  Nuclear Medicine, and Diagnostic Radiology. Lavaca has  a therapy department that provides:
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Work Strengthening
JSA Health Telepsychiatry admires Lavaca Medical Center and their dedication to the iCare Core Values:
  • discernible Integrity
  • compassionate Commitment
  • constant Accountability
  • demonstrable Respect
  • distinctive Excellence
JSA Health Telepsychiatry remains dedicated to it’s mission to provide rural hospitals with on-demand, emergency telepsychiatry consultation. We are looking forward to helping with mental health crises in and around Hallettsville, Texas.

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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.

Feb 222016
 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is pleased to announce that Nix Health … a titan in Community Health Care in San Antonio, Texas since 1930 … has chosen JSA to provide on-demand, emergency telepsychiatry consults to the Nix Psychiatric Emergency Service (PES).
The Nix Professional Building was established in 1930 during the heart of the Great Depression. With few resources available, Joseph M. Nix developed an adventurous concept of a multi-million dollar structure that would house a hospital, physician offices and a parking garage. This unique concept transformed the face of healthcare in San Antonio and South Texas. In fact, this “medical mall” was the first of its kind in the United States. The J.M. Nix Professional Building, now known as the Nix Medical Center, has been a leader in medical care in South Texas since its opening in 1930. Nix Health, which now includes facilities throughout San Antonio, offers comprehensive medical services from primary care doctors and specialists to behavioral health, physical rehabilitation and home care. Today, in conjunction with physicians, Nix Health has dramatically expanded its scope of services and continues to provide quality, patient-centered healthcare.
JSA Health Telepsychiatry will partner to allow 24/7 on-demand psychiatric evaluations for patients in crisis seen at the Nix Psychiatric Emergency Service. Previously challenging … after hours staffing of the PES will now be done by JSA Health telepsychiatrists. JSA will be providing 24/7 psychiatric assessment, medication management, detoxification from alcohol and other substances, voluntary and involuntary admissions, and rounds providing crisis stabilization.

 

From the Nix Behavioral Health website:

 

Nix Health offers a wide range of inpatient behavioral health services. Between our three locations, Nix Medical Center, Nix Specialty Health Center and Nix Behavioral Health Center, we take care of emotionally and behaviorally ill children and adolescents ages 5 to 17, as well as adults 18 and older and Senior Adults. Adult services include detoxification and crisis stabilization, while our child and adolescent treatment program includes individual, group and family sessions.
Nix Specialty Health Center:
Centrally located at Vance Jackson and Loop 410, Nix Specialty Health Center provides superior behavioral health services in an intimate setting where patients are cared for with compassion. The recent recipient of two prestigious national awards and recognized as one of the premier behavioral health facilities in the State of Texas, Nix Specialty Health Center features psychiatric treatment, crisis stabilization, and medical detoxification for adults ages 18 and above.

  • 24 hour nursing care
  • Individualized treatment plans
  • Medication management under the care of a psychiatrist
  • Rapid stabilization for those in acute psychiatric crisis
  • Detoxification from alcohol and other substances
  • Group therapy and family sessions
  • Bilingual staff
  • 24/7 intake and assessment department
  • Voluntary and involuntary admissions

Nix Adult Psychiatric Acute Care Program provides for emotionally and behaviorally ill individuals ages 18 and above:

  • Psychiatric treatments
  • Crisis stabilization
  • Detoxification

Nix Behavioral health also offer a Nix Child and Adolescent Treatment Program, an Adult Intensive Outpatient Program, Outpatient Individual and Group psychotherapy.

 

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Nix Firsts:

  • A Nix physician researched and developed vitalium metal plates, which are the first non-rusting metal used for repairing bone fractures.
  • Nix Health was the first hospital in San Antonio to offer lens implants and TAG laser ophthalmic surgery.
  • Nix Health was the first hospital in San Antonio to open a Nuclear Medicine department and to offer radiation therapy.
  • Nix physicians performed the first bone scans.
  • Staffed by geriatric specialists, Nix has the first Senior Health Center that is completely focused on older adults and conveniently provides a wide range of medical services in one building.
  • First facility west of the Mississippi to have a 40-slice Brilliance CT scanner, which makes diagnosis more accurate because of the never-before-seen detailed pictures of the arteries and organs of the body.
  • First facility in San Antonio to offer “soft” mammography to encourage more women to get regular mammograms.
  • First facility in San Antonio to provide a truly comprehensive Wound Healing Center to help those with wounds that will not heal properly.

 

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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.

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry … an early pioneer of the use of telepsychiatry for university based student health services, has been chosen by Sam Houston State University of Huntsville, Texas to provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management to Sam Houston students. JSA has long recognized that most university and college student health centers are unable to provide psychiatric services due to shortages of available psychiatrists interested in student mental health. Telepsychiatry makes it easy to link interested universities who wish to provide their own psychiatric services with qualified student health psychiatrists. Many universities remain dissatisfied with having to simply refer students to available psychiatrists in the community … especially when services may be needed emergently or for crisis situations. Emergency telepsychiatry evaluations … done within minutes of a request … provide universities the peace of mind needed to deal with potentially suicidal or homicidal students, or students with extreme anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.
JSA will also be available to Sam Houston State University students for ongoing medication management services. JSA is very pleased to be affiliated with such an esteemed campus … and we look forward to helping the already superb counselors, psychologists, nurses and other mental health professionals practicing at their Student Health Center.

From the Sam Houston State University Website:

Sam Houston State University, located in Huntsville, Texas, is a member of The Texas State University System. The school was created by the Texas Legislature in 1879 as Sam Houston Normal Institute to educate teachers for the public schools of Texas. The baccalaureate degree was first awarded in 1919.

In 1923, the institution’s name was changed to Sam Houston State Teachers College. Two years later, the college was admitted to membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) as an accredited institution of higher learning. A graduate degree was authorized in 1936, and the curriculum was expanded to emphasize preparation in a variety of fields.

Following World War II, an increase in students and faculty as well as a wide range of faculty-research activities provided impetus for the continued emergence of a multi-purpose institution. In recognition of these developments, the institution’s name was changed by the Texas Legislature to Sam Houston State College in 1965. The number of graduate degrees conferred increased significantly in the late 1960s; and the Texas Legislature, recognizing the changes that had taken place, changed the name of the institution to Sam Houston State University in 1969.

In the 1970s, the University was granted permission to offer its first doctorate, a Ph.D. in criminal justice. This program grew to be one of the largest and most recognized doctoral programs in the country. In the 1980s and 1990s, the University completed a number of academic, athletic, and support facilities. With the improvement of faculty and facilities, the University set a vision to become one of the best regional universities in the country.

During the last five years of the twentieth century, the University expanded its reach by offering programs online, at The Woodlands in a multi-institutional teaching center, and various other off-campus sites. Beginning in 2000, the University expanded its building program and committed resources to develop and maintain nationally-recognized academic support programs. Sam Houston State University increased the number of doctoral programs, including programs in education and psychology, and experienced a tremendous surge in enrollment and name recognition.

Currently Sam Houston State University is organized academically into seven colleges: Sciences, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Education, Health Sciences, Fine Arts and Mass Communication, and Humanities and Social Sciences. Students are offered an extensive range of bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as doctorates in selected areas. The faculty and the University are recognized regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Who We Are

  • Founded in 1879 and named after Texas’ greatest hero, General Sam Houston
  • Beautiful 316-acre main university campus in Huntsville, Texas with over $250 million in new and renovated facilities
  • 19,214 students enrolled as of Fall 2013
  • Student SAT/ACT test scores above national and state averages
  • Typical tuition and fees for full-time undergraduate student is approximately $3,511
  • A diverse student body representing 60 countries
  • 69% of students receive some form of financial aid
  • NCAA Division I athletic program
  • Student-published newspaper
  • Leading intercollegiate rodeo program

Academics & Faculty

  • Over 80 undergraduate degree programs
  • More than 50 master’s programs
  • 6 doctoral programs
  • Over 20 online degree programs
  • Faculty to student ratio of 25:1 with an average class size of 34 students
  • 72% of the faculty members hold doctoral or terminal degrees
  • Faculty members who make themselves available not only as student mentors, but also as experts in their fields to assist the working media with stories of interest and importance to the public
  • College of Health Sciences established in September 2013

 

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CampusLife

  • Two agricultural complexes including 1,600 acre teaching & research farm and rodeo arena
  • More than 200 student organizations
  • Recreational sports program with outdoor and indoor facilities
  • Planetarium and observatory
  • University Raven Nest Golf Course
  • 32 residence halls and apartments
  • Student-operated cable television station and radio station
  • State-of-the-art 100,000 sq. ft. Performing Arts Center
  • Students logged over 3,400 hours of community service in 2013
  • Only school in Texas offering a degree in PGA Golf Management, 1 of 19 in U.S.

Awards & Rankings

  • Total annual 2013 budget of $260 million (25% comes from The State of Texas)
  • Classified as a “Doctoral Research University” by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, placing SHSU in top 7% of all U.S. colleges & universities
  • Named by U.S. News and World Report as among the Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs, Best Online Graduate Education Programs, Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice), andBest Online Graduate Business Programs.
  • The Carnegie Commission on Higher Education classified SHSU as a “Community Engaged” university. This honor was awarded in 2010 to only sixty-one public institutions nation wide and acknowledges the university’s significant commitment to serving the community
  • Recognized by Princeton Review as one of the “Best in the West” universities
  • Wall Street Journal recognized SHSU funded research with the “Innovative Technology” award
  • Criminal Justice College ranked in U.S. Top 5, Journal of Criminal Justice
  • Department of Dance ranked in Top 25 U.S. programs, Dance Spectrum Magazine
  • Number One ranked Athletic Danceteam, National Dance Association
  • Top 4 ranked Theatre program, Kennedy Center Competition
  • Musical Theater ranked in Top 10, Broadway Theater Project
  • USA Today’s Top 50 in the U.S. for “commitment to civic engagement and global awareness
  • Ranked 10th among America’s “Safest Colleges,” on the Daily Beast news website
  • Named by U.S. News & World Reportas a university “Growing Fast, Staying Friendly

Accreditations

  • Only accredited bachelor’s degree program in the U.S. for Banking and Financial Institutions
  • Masters in Forensic Science, 1 of 8 fully accredited in U.S.
  • Master’s program in History, 14th largest after Yale
  • PhD in Clinical Psychology with Forensic emphasis, 1 of 7 accredited in U.S.
  • Only school in Texas offering a degree in PGA Golf Management, 1 of 20 in U.S.

 

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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.

Jan 272016
 

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St. Elizabeth’s Hospital … A Christus Southwest facility … has reached out to JSA Health Telepsychiatry to help the hospital’s efforts for “regional transformation.” JSA Health will be providing a full range of psychiatric consultation services throughout St. Elizabeth’s Hospital … including the emergency department, medical-surgical floors, and ICUs. The effort will include JSA’s collaboration with the local mental health authority – Spindletop Center, especially Spindletop’s Crisis Stabilization Unit which JSA will also be assisting.
More Information about St. Elizabeth’s Hospital from the Christus Southeast Texas website:

 

CHRISTUS SOUTHEAST TEXAS St. Elizabeth, is a 431-bed acute care and trauma center, and is a regional leader in spine and orthopedics, cardiology, oncology, general surgery, critical care and trauma, birthing, neonatal care, and bariatrics. As the largest Magnet hospital between Houston and Baton Rouge, CHRISTUS SOUTHEAST TEXAS St. Elizabeth offers a positive, patient-focused environment providing the highest level of care possible for the community.

The hospital is the recipient of the 2013 Consumer Choice #1 Award for the ninth consecutive year from the National Research Corporation. In addition, St. Elizabeth received The Joint Commission’s (TJC) Gold Seal of Approval as a Primary Stroke Center and TJC’s Gold Seal of Approval for Heart Failure Certification.St. Elizabeth utilizes cutting-edge technology to care for patient’s needs, including advanced clinical documentation systems, electronic medical record document scanning and archival system, and picture archive computer system (PACS) in cardiology and radiology, all of which streamlines physician access to patient medical information. In addition, St. Elizabeth offers bedside medication verification barcode scanning, wireless access for patients and guests, self-service patient kiosks, and mobile PDA devices for medical staff to perform dictation and e-prescribing as well as view clinical results.

The facility is the only Level III Trauma Center in the area. Nationally recognized physicians work at the forefront of research, clinical trials, treatment, and care. The team has the Stroke Honor Roll designation and the ‘Get With The Guidelines’ Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award for Heart Failure Treatment from the American Heart and Stroke Association.

CHRISTUS Outpatient Pavilion

The CHRISTUS Outpatient Pavilion (OPP) at St. Elizabeth offers a convenient, coordinated setting for outpatient services. Dedicated departments within the center include imaging, outpatient surgery, laboratory, Mohs surgery center, and pain management as well as wound care and hyperbaric therapy services.  It is also home to the region’s only Joint Commission-certified diabetes education program and the CHRISTUS Healthy Living Spa, a Murad Inclusive Health Center.

The 260,000 center also provides a five-story professional office building (POB) and a six-story garage with free parking for our guests.
Click here to learn more about the services within the OPP.

CHRISTUS Mamie McFaddin-Ward Cancer Center

The CHRISTUS Mamie McFaddin-Ward Cancer Center at St. Elizabeth offers a full range of diagnostic, medical, surgical, chemotherapy and support services for our cancer patients. Because we understand that cancer is both a physical and spiritual challenge, our surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and specially trained staff work as a team to help you in making treatment decisions, understanding the effects of treatment, and coping with side effects. The Cancer Center is the only facility in Jefferson County accredited by the American College of Surgeons as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program.
Learn more.

CHRISTUS Spine and Orthopedic Specialty Center

Located on the sixth floor of CHRISTUS SOUTHEAST TEXAS St. Elizabeth, the Spine and Orthopedic Specialty Center is dedicated to helping people with neck, back and spine disorders return to a pain-free life.
Click here to learn more about the services at this center.

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Bariatric Center

Our hospital and health care professionals offer treatment options, education, lifestyle modification plans, and ongoing aftercare programs to safely and effectively treat obesity.
Click here to visit the bariatric center.

CHRISTUS W.P. Hebert Health and Wellness Center

The hospital complex also includes the CHRISTUS W.P. Hebert Health and Wellness Center, a 68,000-square-foot state-of-the-art fitness center and many medical office buildings.
Click here to access the Wellness Center.

 

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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.

Jan 242016
 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry has teamed up with Hendrick MedicalCenter of Abilene, Texas to bring JSA’s On-Demand Telepsychiatry Evaluations to Hendrick Health System patients 24 hours a day … 7 days a week. Hendrick and JSA share similar approaches … as described on the Hendrick Health System website … “Hendrick continues to offer aggressive, innovative and preventive healthcare measures” … terms which we at JSA take to heart daily. JSA is looking forward to working closely with Abilene area providers for aftercare including the Betty Hardwick Center, Abilene Behavioral Health and Oceans Behavioral Hospital.
In 2012, Hendrick completed a community health needs assessment which identified the need for more mental health resources. As part of the implementation plan, Hendrick has committed to ED consultation to provide good psychiatric care, but also to identify ways this population can utilize outpatient treatment more .. and the emergency department less. We at JSA applaud Hendrick’s interest in mental health … and their immense efforts as part of the DSRIP project for their region.
From the Hendrick Health System website:

About Hendrick Health System

For 90 years, the Hendrick name has been the first name in healthcare in Abilene, Texas, and the Texas Midwest. The Hendrick name reigns over a 522-bed medical center, a women’s center, rehabilitation hospital, cancer center and numerous other innovative services.

Hendrick was the first hospital to permanently serve the Texas Midwest when its doors opened in 1924. During the Great Depression, people of the Big Country area rallied behind the hospital to keep the doors open when money was scarce. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hendrick, for whom the institution was named, made a major financial gift to pay off debts and build a new wing to expand the hospital. Through the years it has been the first in the area to offer specialized services, creating departments to fill needs such as physical medicine, nuclear medicine, spiritual care and much more.

Hendrick continues to offer aggressive, innovative treatments and preventive healthcare measures ranging from services such as cancer screenings and pre-natal education courses to electro-physiology procedures and pediatric intensive care. Providing the strength of a complete system of health services available in their own backyards, most of the citizens of Abilene and the 19 counties that surround it look to Hendrick as their first choice for healthcare. In fact, research shows 64 percent of area residents prefer Hendrick for their healthcare needs.

 

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Hendrick is an institution where people can feel a strong sense of belonging – an advanced medical provider the people of the Texas Midwest can call their own. Hendrick Medical Center is one of seven healthcare institutions affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As part of Hendrick Medical Center, the hospital is licensed for 522 beds. About 2,600 staff members create the Hendrick Medical Center team of employees. And people of all ages and races, men and women receive precision care at Hendrick every day, regardless of the way they are able to pay.

There are numerous ways Hendrick is involved in the community, not just from a healthcare perspective, but from the various services Hendrick provides to the community. These services include: Children’s Miracle Network, Plans, First*Choice Membership Club, Hendrick Balance Center, Hendrick Cancer Center, Hendrick Center for Rehabilitation, Vera West Women’s Center, Hendrick Birth Place, Hendrick Health Club, Hendrick Heartsaver Network, Hendrick HouseCalls, Hendrick Medical Center Foundation, Hendrick Professional Pharmacy, Hendrick Radiology Center, Hendrick Regional Laboratory, Hendrick Sleep Disorders Center, Lifeline Emergency Response System, Level III Trauma Center, Meek Blood Center, Hendrick Children’s Hospital, Pastoral Care, Sellers Health Sciences Library, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Volunteer Services and more. Our staff and employees know what it means to give back to our community. Our employees help raise funds and give of their time to Children’s Miracle Network, The United Way of Abilene and many other community organizations.

The mission created 90 years ago continues today, and it will remain so as Hendrick Medical Center moves into the future, striving to deliver high quality healthcare emphasizing excellence and compassion consistent with the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

Hendrick Medical Center
1900 Pine St.
Abilene, Texas 79601
325.670.2000

 

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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.