August

Meeting the emotional needs of adolescents

Integrated Behavioral Health program

Pediatric patients receive mental health care directly in Geisinger primary care clinics

Pediatric patients receive mental health care directly in Geisinger primary care clinics

Physical health is so important, but when our mental health gets in the way of our ability to enjoy life, the treatments for body and mind become intertwined.

This became crystal clear to Susan McDowell, who founded House of Hope, a residential facility for at-risk girls. Her years there reinforced her belief that proper behavioral healthcare was essential for the adolescent population. “I wanted to help change the system that was failing these girls,” Ms. McDowell said.

Her contributions have gone to Geisinger’s Integrated Behavioral Health program, which has placed mental health professionals directly in family practice doctors’ offices and works to train pediatricians to identify psychiatric problems in their patients. “So far, we have 11 family practice offices in the program, and the future holds so much potential for more. Integrated Behavioral Health at Geisinger perfectly illustrates what a couple people coming together and thinking outside the box can truly accomplish with the right resources,” she concluded.