Help with Depression for older adults

The Family Health Centers is proud to offer a Behavioral Health Program

As your Patient-Centered Medical Home, The Family Health Centers is committed to improving quality of life for our adult Medicare and Medicaid patients who experience symptoms of depression. If you visit our office, we may ask you to complete a short survey about your emotional health. Based on your lifestyle and an assessment of your emotional health, your family doctor may recommend working with the Behavioral Health Program to implement a treatment plan that is right for you.

 

How it works  
  • You will be the center of a care team that works to co-manage your path to health.
  • Your care team includes your family doctor and the Behavioral Health Specialist. A consulting psychiatrist advises the team throughout the course of your treatment.
  • Collaborative Care provided by your team may include: Face-to-face encounters with the Behavioral Health Specialist for counseling and problem-solving, phone calls with the Behavioral Health Specialist to follow up on goals, and/or help with engaging community resources to support your treatment plan.

Things to keep in mind about Behavioral Health:

Depression is a medical condition that affects a person's mood, thoughts, behavior and body. 

Depression is more complex than the temporary sadness people feel when unpleasant or stressful things happening their lives. When a person has depression, these feelings are more intense and long-lasting. Things that used to be easy or enjoyable, like spending time with family or friends, take great effort. In later life, people face many losses and physical discomforts. Many people also fear their depression is somehow their fault. 

Depression is NOT a weakness or character flaw.
Depression IS a medical problem. 

 

If you have questions about the Behavioral Health Program, or think you may be experiencing symptoms of depression, please talk with your doctor during your next visit to The Family Health Centers.