At Parker Pediatrics and Adolescents in Colorado, Dr. Jay Rabinowitz took a leap into the unknown by bringing licensed mental health professionals into his practice as employees. Dr. Mark Harris went on a similar journey in Vermont, where he integrated mental health services into his practice, Upper Valley Pediatrics, in the 1990s. In both locations, integrated mental health care has been beneficial for patients and providers, filling a dire need in the community.
About ten years ago, Dr. Jay Rabinowitz noticed an uptick in the number of children and adolescents with conditions like depression, anxiety, and ADHD. A pattern emerged: He’d refer the patient to a mental health professional, but the family would often have difficulty getting an appointment or never follow through with making one. Then, there was the challenge of tracking down insurance companies to confirm that they would cover treatment. Even when those hurdles had been successfully navigated and a patient made it in to see a therapist, following up on treatment recommendations would become an equally burdensome maze of missed phone calls and incomplete information.
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