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Mental Health and Substance Use


Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including biological factors (such as genes and brain chemistry), life experiences (such as trauma or abuse, and family history of mental health problems.

People can experience different types of mental health problems. These problems can affect your thinking, mood, and behavior. Some examples of mental health problems are:

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Mood Disorders

  • Substance Use Disorders

  • Eating Disorders

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

  • Personality Disorders

  • Psychotic Disorders

  • Trauma and Stress Related Disorders

  • Suicidal Behavior

 Central Neighborhood Health Foundation (CNHF) offers mental health services through Integrated Care. Integrated Care combines primary health care and mental health care in one setting. There are many ways to integrate care, and they may go by different names, including “Collaborative Care” or "Health Homes." This is an important model of care because providing Integrated Care helps patients and their providers. It blends the expertise of mental health, substance use, and primary care clinicians, with feedback from patients and their caregivers. This creates a team-based approach where mental health care and general medical care are offered in the same setting. Coordinating primary care and mental health care in this way can help address the physical health problems of people with mental illnesses. 

At CNHF we have a multidisciplinary mental health team that provides Integrated Care by:

  • Determining client eligibility for services

  • Conducting bio-psychosocial assessments and social histories

  • Assessing clients for substance use, support systems, physical and emotional functioning, financial stability, safety, and suicidal/homicidal ideation

  • Developing and implementing treatment plans and discharge plans that adhere with client self-determination

  • Providing direct therapeutic services such as individual, family or group therapy regarding a specific mental health issue

  • Providing crisis management including assessment for safety

  • Advocating for client services

  • Providing case management services including, but not limited to, referrals to community and substance use resources and collaboration with other professionals

  • Promoting mental health services provided by the clinic to the greater community

If you need additional information or would like to speak with a representative please call (213)536-5815 ext 207.

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