Monday, March 18, 2019
BJC Behavioral Health celebrates its AFFIRM program
by Marilynn Hart • firstname.lastname@example.org
BJC BEHAVIORAL HEALTH | Working with young people who may otherwise fall through the cracks between child and adult services is the focus of the BJC Behavioral Health assertive community treatment for transition age youth (ACT-TAY) program known as AFFIRM.
This program, which opened Oct. 1 in a new facility in Pagedale, is already seeing successes. Clients appreciate the services offered. As client “LW” notes, “The team has done a lot to help me. I would not be where I am without their help. I’m appreciative and grateful for the team.”
Getting a new program off the ground takes time, but the team was ready to celebrate with a grand opening Jan. 11. Then “snowmageddon” hit the area and the grand opening was postponed. The wait was worth it, as about 50 people from both BJC and the community toured the facility and learned about the program Feb. 22.
“The ACT-TAY team is excited to be providing intensive support to adolescent and young adults in the area,” says Lisa Johnson, clinical supervisor of the program. “We strive to provide individualized services, help clients identify their strengths and recognize how to assist them in accomplishing their stated goals.”
Along with Johnson, the ACT-TAY program staff includes behavioral health nurse Grace Frederick, co-occurring counselor Kylie Holtmeier-Guilliams, senior community support specialist Kendra Hopkins, peer support specialist Angela Kayar, therapist Melody McArthur, program assistant Tammy Moore and vocational services specialist Rachelle Perkins. As a team, they offer services where they are needed, along with unlimited support and personalized, comprehensive, continuous and flexible care.
The welcoming setting and caring staff create an environment that offers the opportunity for success and provides community. “I enjoy seeing friendly faces and socializing with each other,” says “NW.”
The tagline for the program — I can. I will. I am! — sums up the determination of each individual in the program.
AFFIRM is an Assertive Community Treatment program for Transition Age Youth (ACT-TAY). ACT-TAY is a way of delivering a full range of services to individuals ages 16-25 who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness. The team consists of a psychiatrist, nurse, mental health professional, employment specialist and substance-abuse specialist to give clients ongoing, individualized care.
The acronym AFFIRM underscores both the services delivered and the goal of the program.
A – Assessment of need
F – Focus on transition age
F – Family and support network
I – Integrated care
R – Recovery
M – Motivation to change
What services does ACT-TAY provide?
BJC Behavioral Health Washington County clinic finds a new home
The BJC Behavioral Health clinic in Potosi, Missouri, celebrated its new location Feb. 21 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony sponsored by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. The new location is more visible and has drawn much attention from the community.
Services offered include physician services (in person and Telehealth), same day access, therapy, integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders (ITCD), ProcoveryTM, assessment clinics, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), case management, clinic nursing and Healthcare Home.
“There was so much positive energy from all the people who participated in the event,” says Carmen Murphy, director of psychiatric nursing, “which shows the community is very grateful that BJC Behavioral Health is more visible and expanding its mental health services.”
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3/18/2019 12:44 PM
I love it! This is wonderful!
3/23/2019 11:56 PM
I wish you would open one in South County or across either bridge in Illinois. I know a large number of teens and barely 20's that would welcome the services and need them. Unfortunately, many of them are not allowed to cross the river without parents and can't seek help unless it is closer.
3/24/2019 1:13 PM
Great to hear!!! These are great resources. How may we connect our St. Charles Community to something like this or spread our own BJC Behavioral Health to this community. Compass is one of the only outpatient resources in the area. BJC medical and mental health clinics are needed near the SCC hospital emergency departments where the community seeks help.
3/29/2019 8:57 AM
Great news. Much needed in our communities. With time, I pray that these services are offered in more areas.