Establishing the Science Behind the Behavioral Health Industry in 2018

In 2017, we as behavioral healthcare professionals worked diligently to decrease the stigma surrounding mental health and define the illness we treat as diseases of the brain. As the opioid epidemic made national headlines and media companies such as Attn: and The Mighty created viral PSA’s that highlighted the severity and magnitude of psychopathology, we started to see a perspective-shift relating to behavioral health concerns. (See Attn’s video: “What If We Talked About Physical Health the Absurd Way We Talk About Mental Health.”)

While we have come a long way, we as a culture have further to go in fully appreciating the magnitude of behavioral health diseases. Just as we would expect one to get medical treatment that is backed by data for gastrointestinal issues or chest pain, as providers we should expect caregivers, patients, and families to approach their mental health with the same mindset. However, we’re not there yet.

The recognition of the legitimacy and severity of mental health issues can be an uphill battle among patients, families, employers, and even insurance companies. One way Treatment Placement Specialists®, an initiative of Acadia Healthcare, is working to combat this issue, is by referring to programs that use clinically progressive modalities and outcomes data to drive treatment decisions, all while involving input from the referring professional and the patient and their family. Some of the interventions that are used to treat mood disorders, substance abuse, eating disorder recovery and trauma that we provide access to include:

  • Pharmacogenomic Testing
  • Neurofeedback
  • Complex Pain Management
  • EMDR
  • Somatic Experience
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
  • Comprehensive Nutritional Assessment

 “As a leader in the behavioral health industry, Acadia and all of its entities are working to turn what has previously been a well-meaning, broadly scattered field into a finely-honed medical specialty,” said Dr. Genovese, chief medical officer, behavioral health services at Acadia Healthcare.

As we move forward and establish the behavioral health industry as a medical specialty, it is important to not only be on the cutting edge of treatment modalities, but capitalizing on the technological tools at our disposal to meet patient needs. Computer applications and sophisticated software can be used to enhance patient experience and bridge the gap between residential treatment and continuing care. As an entity of Acadia Healthcare, we encourage the use of technology through mobile apps to stay in touch with patients after discharge so we can continue to maintain lasting recovery.

As we look to the future, the Treatment Placement Specialists® team is honored to continue to provide guidance that aligns with your treatment methodology and provide access to treatment programs that are on the cutting edge of patient care.

Thank you for being a trusted partner and we look forward to what 2018 will bring.