Just as medication is used for physical health, medication for mental health treatment may be part of a person-centered treatment plan. Medications as part of a treatment plan can help manage symptoms, and help individuals engage and focus on those things that matter most.
Assessment and evaluation
We all experience the ups and downs of everyday life. But sometimes, those feelings can persist — depression, anxiety, difficulty thinking, isolating yourself from others — and may be more than the typical ups and downs. If these symptoms become disruptive to everyday life, or that of a loved one, it’s important to take action. Much like physical health, the sooner you are able to get treatment for mental health, the greater the chances of a strong recovery.
If the need is urgent, call our Crisis and Recovery Center at 518-481-8160 or click here for more information.
What you can expect:
- Our highly-trained clinicians will meet with you, review your mental health history and review some of the external factors that may be contributing to poor mental health. This can include personal trauma, family issues, employment history or other factors. This initial evaluation normally takes about an hour, depending on the individual’s needs.
- Out of this comprehensive assessment, our clinicians will recommend various levels of mental health care, which can include, but is not limited to, outpatient individual or group therapy, referral for mental health medication management and, if needed, referrals for higher levels of care like inpatient treatment.
- If inpatient treatment is recommended, our caregivers are there to guide you every step of the way. Our caregivers help make the necessary phone calls and speak with an intake coordinator to manage transportation and any prior authorizations with insurance companies or other required approvals. Our promise is to make the process as easy as possible.
Be sure to bring insurance information, and minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian.
Our board certified psychiatrist and counseling staff work collaboratively on developing treatment plans and, when appropriate, medications to help. We offer individual, group, marriage and family counseling services.
Need help navigating our mental health services?
At Citizen Advocates, we work as a team to provide the best individual, person-centered services to the people we serve. Care coordination assists clients with identifying and accessing the services that will assist them in addressing the problems they are experiencing, or that will help them to achieve a higher quality life or level of functioning.Go to Care Coordination »