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Mental Health and Substance Use


When the "I" is replaced with "We," illness becomes wellness.


Mental health includes an individual's 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 thinking, mood, and behavior. Some examples of mental health problems include:

  • 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 an integrated care model. Integrated care, often called "collaborative care" or "health homes," combines both primary health care and mental health care in one setting. Integrated care 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 healthcare and general medical care are offered in conjunction. Coordinating primary care and mental healthcare in such a way may also help address the physical health problems of patients suffering from mental illness. 

At CNHF, we have a multidisciplinary mental health team that provides integrated care by:

  • Determining patient 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 and discharge plans that adhere to patient 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 patient 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 CNHF to the greater community

For additional information, questions, or if you prefer to speak with a representative, please call (213) 536-5815 (ext. 207).

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