THE ADVANTAGES OF IN-HOME BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE
It’s a debate that has raged for years and has been only partially addressed in the recent healthcare reform legislation – should mental and physical health be considered equal in importance?
We know that serious mental illness; including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression; afflicts about 6% of American adults – costing some $193.2 billion in lost earnings each year, according to findings published in the American Journal of Psychiatry (5/08). It has been estimated that, each year, the economic cost of untreated mental illness and addiction is around $500 (Time, 5/08).
So, it is of paramount importance to treat mental illness. But, the barriers to treating mental illness in traditional, community-based agencies and practices are vast. Many individuals are simply unable to leave their home to seek such care. Others are reluctant to reach out for help due to the stigma and perceived invasion of privacy often associated with mental health issues. This is where Home Psych Services, P.C. steps in.
Home Psych Services, P.C. allows clients who are homebound or otherwise unable to visit community-based mental health clinics and providers to get the same high quality services in the safety, comfort, convenience, and privacy of their own homes.
It also allows clients who would simply prefer to ‘have the clinic come to them’ instead of the other way around to have an option in their behavioral healthcare decisions. And, there are many advantages of visiting clients in the home environment where the very emotional and behavioral issues that prompted referral to us are often far more evident than they would be in a sterile, artificial office setting. Our providers are able to implement state-of-the-art treatment protocols specifically targeted to the home environment and to directly observe success or failure in the home environment where the problems often originated. This is a key advantage over community-based providers who do not know what the home environment is really like and have little sense of how their interventions are working outside of their office setting.