"We learned it would be very beneficial for our consumers because so many of them have transportation issues and problems finding a doctor," said Cheryl Jones, executive director of Bootheel Counseling Services.
said the study also looked into how beneficial a clinic would be for Bootheel Counseling Services
employees and their families.
"That means that you have in place good policies, procedures and practices and meet all of their specifications for quality," Jones
also also that distinction allows Bootheel Counseling Services
to bill payers including Medicare and Medicaid
emphasized how important it is to have the medical clinic at the same site where the mental health services are offered.
"We know that individuals with a serious mental illness tend to die, on average, 25 years earlier than the nonmentally ill individual," Jones
"There have been several studies done on that across the United States and some specifically in Missouri."
said they've also learned Bootheel Counseling Services
consumers have a lot of chronic health care problems and don't always have the resources available to help manage their health care issues.
called the medical services at the center "a full-team approach between our psychiatrists, counselors and case managers, along with Lisa from the medical health care aspect."
All this is being done to better serve clients, Jones
said several patients have commented on how convenient it is to have appointments back-to-back at the same facility and that it is much easier to keep medical appointments for that reason.
said with the positive response since the clinic opened in January, plans are already underway for an expansion "if everything goes well."