Down East Community Integrated Behavioral Health
11 Hospital Drive, Machias
The Integrated Behavioral Health service at Down East Community is provided through a partnership with Acadia Hospital’s Integrated Behavioral Health program. This program is consultative and designed to maximize patient and provider access to behavioral health expertise within outpatient medical practices. We adapt an evidence-based model of collaborative care to most effectively serve the population of each individual practice, provider and patient. As integrated providers, we are guided by principles of team based care that include shared goals, clear roles, mutual trust, and effective communication.
Who does Integrated Behavioral Health help?
- Patients get convenience, minimized stigma, and improved continuity of care.
- Medical providers gain on-site, accessible experts to support their work.
- Behavioral health providers collaborate with medical providers to provide whole-patient care.
- Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW’s)
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP’s)
Our Integrated Behavioral Health team provides program implementation, guidance and operational support and works with each medical practice’s information systems, legal and compliance departments to develop effective work flow and documentation.
We collaborate with medical practices to innovate practical real-world solutions to bridge the care gap between behavioral health and medical care.
We are trained in brief, evidence based interventions. We can also provide administrative and clinical supervision and training.
This Integrated Behavioral Health model results in care that is consistently patient-centered, evidence-based, measureable, population-based, and accountable.
Some benefits of successful integration include:
- Support for managing the complex and persistent needs of patients with behavioral health, substance misuse, and co-occurring medical diagnoses.
- Increase access to whole patient care by addressing stigma, discrimination, and fragmented services.
- Improve productivity of providers and overall patient health.
- Open channels of communication between treatment team and patient by integrating documentation into the primary care or medical specialty medical record.
- Support populations at high risk for substance use or behavioral health problems that can serve as barriers to improving patient health.
Integrated Behavioral Health role in policy and administration
Meet the Team
- Provide education to providers, administrators and the public about impact of co-occurring and underlying behavioral health and substance misuse issues.
- Advocate for policies that educate and support patients and improve workflow for practices to provide whole patient care.
- Engage in community, state, and national conversations about public health and the role of Integrated Behavioral Health.
Helen Deuschle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Helen received her BA from Boston University and her MSW from Simmons College School of Social Work.
Helen has joined the staff at Down East Community Hospital as part of the new Integrated Behavioral Health Team. She has more than 30 years of experience, with eight years working a Massachusetts General Hospital. She has worked in a variety of settings including schools, early intervention programs, and community mental health centers. She most recently worked as Behavioral Health specialist at Island Family Medicine in Stonington, part of Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. She has a strong interest in working with patients who have medical problems complicated by significant levels of anxiety, depression, and post-trauma. She provides a range of therapies from insight oriented treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, bereavement, and family therapy. She believes in helping clients build skills that they can apply directly to their lives.
Holly Stewart is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH-NP). Holly began her education at Emory University in Atlanta, GA and finished at the University of Southern Maine with a major degree in Biology and minor in Chemistry and Biochemistry. After working as a chemist for a year, she went back to school to receive her BSN, MSN and Certificate in Family PMH-NP at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. She has been practicing for almost 13 years and worked on adult and child/adolescent inpatient units, chemical dependency units, intensive outpatient units and also consultation-liaison work in Emergency Departments and other medical units.
Holly has been providing telepsychiatry services for the past eight years prior to being employed at Acadia Hospital in Bangor. She treats patients of all ages at the Behavioral Health practice at Down East Community Hospital via telemedicine. Holly does primarily medication management but discusses the importance of other treatment modalities for mental and emotional health, as well.
A psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) is an advanced practice registered nurse trained to provide a wide range of mental health services to patients and families in a variety of settings. PMHNPs diagnose, conduct therapy, and prescribe medications for patients who have psychiatric disorders, medical organic brain disorders or substance abuse problems. They are licensed to provide emergency psychiatric services, psychosocial and physical assessment of their patients, treatment plans, and manage patient care. They may also serve as consultants or as educators for families and staff. The PMHNP has a focus on psychiatric diagnosis, including the differential diagnosis of medical disorders with psychiatric symptoms, and on medication treatment for psychiatric disorders.