With the increasing numbers of residents in Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union counties, a significant number never receive adequate psychiatric care. Adequate mental health care is defined as having mental health services that are available and assessible to all people. SAMHC is working to provide a behavioral health system that enables the community to have access to these services despite their circumstances. These circumstances pose a barrier to care by decreasing access, prevention of adequate care, or pose limitations to resources. Hence, we get under-served areas that lack availability and accessibility to mental health care. Our mental health mobile unit will be a bridge to assist communities in the healing process of recovery with their mental illness. Medically under-served populations face barriers to health care. Individuals can potentially lack insurance coverage and financial resources, as well as face cultural stigma, which may deter them from seeking mental health services. As a result, delayed identification and treatment of behavioral health issues can frequently lead to potentially negative outcomes. Therefore, it is imperative to create access opportunities to MH care.
SAMHC has implemented delivering treatment in a non-traditional setting utilizing a new mobile clinic as a means to reach families directly in their communities, with the goals of increasing access to services, reducing stigma, and providing services in geographically isolated areas.
Clinical teams are comprised of a therapist and a psychiatric nurse serving on the mobile unit, with auxiliary support provided by a mental health services supervisors, psychiatrists, advanced practice registered nurses and psychiatry residents. The clinical team provides assessment, counseling, nursing services, and consultation while on the mobile unit.
Mobile mental health clinic creates increased feasibility to patients to access mental health services in geographically isolated areas and delivers care to hard-to-reach or disaster-affected populations. Mobile health clinics are often found in church parking lots, at area food banks, or near other social services organizations in order to reach high-risk but hard-to-reach populations.
The mobile mental health clinic plan is to serve all clients in all 3 counties (Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union) with the purpose of reducing mental health barriers and eliminating disparities in under-served populations and helping empower patients and families. Access to behavioral health services is a serious issue requiring innovative measures. Having access to mental health services in underserved populations is paramount in providing early intervention through behavioral therapies and addressing mental illness through linkage to appropriate services.
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