The Houston Methodist Hospital System Chooses JSA Health Telepsychiatry To Provide Emergency Telepsychiatry Evaluations

 

 

JSA Health Telepsychiatry is pleased to announce that we have been chosen to provide emergency telepsychiatry evaluations for the Houston Methodist Hospital System. We are proud and a bit humbled by Methodist Hospital’s choice. For the fifth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report named Houston Methodist Hospital the No. 1 hospital in Texas and No. 1 in the Houston area.

The system encompasses 8 hospitals in and around Houston:

Houston Methodist Hospital

Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital

Houston Methodist St. John Hospital

Houston Methodist West Hospital

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital

Houston Methodist St. Catherine Hospital

JSA’s team of emergency telepsychiatrists will be providing round the clock, on-demand evaluations to Methodist emergency departments, medical/surgical floors, and intensive care units. The Methodist Houston – JSA relationship marks an expansion of JSA’s pre-existing telepsychiatry service for Houston Methodist’s Behavioral Health Unit. JSA is committed to quality biopsychosocial evaluations to both hasten a patient’s medical and mental recovery from illness, and provide Houston Methodist physicians with rapid and comprehensive behavioral health assessment to help with risk management.

 

More information about Houston Methodist from the Houston Methodist Website:

 

OUR REPUTATION FOR OUTSTANDING CARE, TREATMENTS AND RESEARCH ATTRACTS PATIENTS FROM TEXAS, THE NATION AND THE WORLD

Groundbreaking research performed at Houston Methodist has added years to the life of Matt Futer, who, in December 2006, received a death sentence. Doctors at another hospital diagnosed him with glioblastoma, the most aggressive and deadly form of brain cancer.

An ambulance immediately took Futer to Houston Methodist’s Kenneth R. Peak Brain and Pituitary Tumor Treatment Center. He participated in a clinical trial, during which specialists used a unique gene therapy designed to strictly attack tumor cells.

Now, an eight-year glioblastoma survivor, Futer has lived significantly longer than most patients, many of whom die within three years after diagnosis. Before receiving treatment at Houston Methodist, Futer also faced a grim prognosis, three months to live.

“I feel like I was given the chance to help others,” he said. “In May of ‘07, I was in England doing sheep dog trials with a friend of ours, which, by all means, shouldn’t have happened. 
And here I am … years later, a miracle.”  — Matt Futer

LEADING MEDICINE

Houston Methodist’s teams of surgeons, physicians, researchers and other experts collaborate to solve medicine’s biggest challenges and turn discoveries into new therapies and treatments. Our drive for innovation is rooted in the legacy created by world-renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. Michael E. DeBakey. He performed the first coronary artery bypass surgery in Texas, and pioneered surgical advances, which have become universal practices.

These days, Houston Methodist not only is well established as a leader in heart and vascular treatments, research and education based on DeBakey’s achievements and reputation, but also is known for spearheading breakthroughs in organ transplantation, orthopedics, cancer treatment and neurology and neuroscience.

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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 Is Now Providing Telepsychiatry Consults to Eastland Memorial Hospital

 

JSA Health Telepsychiatry is pleased to announce the start of new hospital wide telepsychiatry consult service for Eastland Memorial Hospital of Eastland, Texas. The project is part of the Texas statewide access project to up to 149 rural hospitals needing multi-specialty telemedicine care. Eastland Hospital has been part of the local community since 1952. Eastland serves as the county seat for Eastland County. The hospital serves a population of over 18,000 people and is located 60 miles east of Abilene … and 100 miles west of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.
Located at 304 South Daugherty Street, the hospital and surrounding physician clinics offer convenient primary care for patients of all ages. Eastland is governed by an elected board of directors, licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a member of the Texas Hospital Association(THA) and Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals(TORCH) and a number of Eastland’s staff are members of their respective professional organizations.
JSA is looking forward to this project to further help persons with behavioral health disorders in Texas.
The history of the hospital is quite extraordinary … here excerpted from the hospital website:

 

Three blasts of the fire whistle. That was the signal. 10:15 a.m. Who was the first patient at the spanking new hospital? Phone calls flooded the central office, asking for the person. It was an 8 1/2-pound Texan, who brought his mother along and made the front page of the Telegram that night in 1952.

Just about every man and woman in Eastland had an investment in the hospital. It was built without a cent of government aid, built after hours – from 6:30 p.m. till midnight – with coffee and doughnuts for pay.

Every week night, as quick as they could finish supper, men went up to Hospital Hill (dedicated years before). Anywhere from 30 to 50 would show up to dig the foundation ditch and basement. Lawyers, ministers, merchants, and a young doctor, too, dug night after night.

Women were there, too, with coffee and doughnuts. Coffee by the pailful and dishpans of doughnuts, along with a few words of praise that somehow made every night a celebration.

One of the women was a timekeeper, keeping strict account of every hour until the work was over around 11 p.m. or midnight. Next day the newspaper carried names of the men and women who’d served the night before. Twice a week, Mrs. Sam Butler did a radio broadcast from Hospital Hill.

So it went on, long after the novelty wore off.

Contributions came in many forms. A Dallas industrialist, when asked for a special price on concrete blocks, told his manager: “Give those folks all the blocks they need and send one of our engineers to help lay them.”

 

Short 12,000 feet of steel, it seemed once that work would have to stop. Next morning, trucks were unloading it on the hill!

Plumbers, electricians worked exhausting hours at night, with coffee and companionship to keep them awake. Women planned color schemes, draperies, pictures, linens, beds – thousands of hours of planning and working. And so the job somehow got done, after nine solid months of work. Months of laughter, fun horseplay and stories already grown to legends.

In seven hours, 100 cubic yards of concrete were poured. And except for the man at the mixer, not a skilled workmen among them. One night, just above freezing, 35 men put on 4,000 square feet of roof decking in a 20-mile an hour wind. You can’t pay men for that. Except with coffee and doughnuts.

Eastland’s hospital cost a total of $36,112 to build. That’s $4.51 a square foot – about a third the usual cost at that time.

Eastland’s hospital was approved by the American Medical Association and by state and national hospital associations. Young doctors came to look over the town. Two decided to settle.

And then, on June 8, 1953, came the grand opening, attended by 2,000 people. Every ethnic origin and every economic status in Eastland was represented that day. The building now stands as a monument to a community which laid aside social, racial and religious differences, banded together to erect a structure exemplifying the American spirit of community living.

 

Hospital services include:

Acute Care Unit

Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Case Management/Discharge Planning

Emergency Department

Emergency Medical Services

Infection Control/Employee Health

Laboratory

Medical Imaging/Radiology

Nutrition Services

Outpatient Services

Pharmacy

Physical & Speech Therapy

Respiratory Therapy

Skilled Nursing

Sleep Studies

Specialty Clinics

Surgical Services

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.

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.

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.