At Family Care Network, we believe in caring for the whole person.
Behavioral health refers to the emotions, behaviors, and biology relating to a person’s mental well-being. Behavioral health issues such as anxiety and depression, substance related disorders, and situational stressors such as relational issues, loss and life change can affect a person’s overall health and ability to function in everyday life.
Behavioral health services at FCN are integrated into our primary care clinics. Established FCN patients can be referred by their primary care provider (PCP) to the Behavioral Health Program for assistance with issues that may be impacting their overall health.
Our program includes visits with a behavioral health care manager (BHCM) at the patient's regular clinic location or via telemedicine. The BHCM is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) or licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) with specific training and expertise in treating common behavioral health issues.
The average amount of time in the Behavioral Health Program is three to six months. Most patients have two to four follow-up appointments per month. These can be in-person, by phone or via telemedicine, based on preference. The treatment plan and goals are reviewed at each appointment. The referring PCP remains an integral part of the healthcare team and is kept updated throughout the treatment process.
The care team
In an integrated behavioral health care model, the behavioral health care team is led by the primary care provider (PCP). The PCP is supported by a behavioral health care manager (BHCM) and an off-site psychiatric consultant. All the members of the care team communicate with each other about the care plan. The psychiatric consultant is an additional resource for the local care team, but is not directly involved in providing care.