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Telluride Medical Center’s Integrated Health Model Combines Behavioral and Physical Health

Telluride Medical Center’s Integrated Health Model Combines Behavioral and Physical Health

By Corinne Cavender, Behavioral Health Operations Coordinator

Last month, we highlighted Uncompahgre Medical Center’s integrated care model. For this month’s edition of Mental Health Matters on KOTO, we interviewed Lindsay Wright, LMFT from Telluride Regional Medical Center (TRMC) and learned that integrated health care is not exclusive to the west end of the county. TRMC is also integrating behavioral health clinicians into primary care visits.  

“There are two behavioral health counselors on staff, me and Rae Shaffner, MSW, LCSW, and we split our time doing two different things” Lindsay explained. “Every day, one of us is working with the doctors in an integrated care model. In that model, primary care patients have the option to talk with us if they would like. That visit can include discussing coping skills, listening to someone describe what they are going through, and or connecting them to different services. Then on the days we are not working with the primary care doctors, Rae and I hold small caseloads of individual clients”.

To talk with Lindsay or Rae, patients make appointments with their primary care doctors. Lindsay explained the benefits of this by saying “If someone wants to talk about medication or nutrition, your primary care doctor and behavioral health clinician can answer those questions in a team setting”. By making this connection, TRMC’s integrated model is highlighting the connection between thought processes and pain, and mental and physical health. This in turn normalizes the notion that our minds are not separate from our bodies. Lindsay further explained that often patients come into their appointments to discuss a physical health issue and it comes up that they are also going through a difficult life event. In these moments, Lindsay or Rae can be called in.

When asked how this integrated model improves behavioral health outcomes in the community Lindsay noted “The integrated model is a good service because patients can come in for a regular appointment and we can catch mental health issues early before they build into bigger issues. We are starting important conversations earlier”. Early intervention is critical in addressing both mental and physical health issues. The earlier a problem is identified, the better off a patient will be.

The reason integrated care models are so important is because mental health and physical health are intrinsically linked. Think about it, just like your brain is not physically separated from the rest of your body, your mental and physical health are not separate. Poor physical health leads to an increased risk for developing mental health conditions and poor mental health leads to an increased risk for developing physical health conditions. TRMC acknowledges this fact and has established itself as an organization that values a holistic approach to being healthy. This includes a full spectrum of services for the whole person, body, mind and spirt.

To hear the full interview, listen to the recording below:

To learn more about Telluride Regional Medical Center’s services and to make an appointment, click here.

Uncompahgre Medical Center: Innovative Behavioral Health Care an Asset to West End Residents

Uncompahgre Medical Center: Innovative Behavioral Health Care an Asset to West End Residents

By Corinne Cavender, Behavioral Health Operations Coordinator  Your wellbeing is more than physical health. It is a combination of a handful of factors, including your behavioral health. Our partners at the Uncompahgre Medical Center (UMC) are leading the movement of tackling “health” from more than just a physical lens. We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Shelley Fourney, MSW, LCSW from UMC to learn more… Continue Reading

New Year’s Resolutions: Why bother, or chance for positive change?

New Year’s Resolutions: Why bother, or chance for positive change?

By Ruth Homan, Community Health WorkerThe beginning of a new year prompts us to feel like it is time for a fresh start. There seems to be an innate desire to make positive changes in our lives; trying to improve ourselves physically, intellectually, or socially. According to finder.com, 74 percent of American adults reported the wish… Continue Reading

CORE (Co-Responder) Program in San Miguel County: Bettering Behavioral Health Outcomes

CORE (Co-Responder) Program in San Miguel County: Bettering Behavioral Health Outcomes

By Corinne Cavender, Behavioral Health Operations CoordinatorHave you heard about the Co-Responder program we have in San Miguel County? Well, if you haven’t, buckle up and read carefully… you’re going to want to take a note of this one.  Recently we had the privilege of interviewing Robin Slater LPC., LAC. for a KOTO Access show. Robin works for the San Miguel County… Continue Reading

Colorado Legislature Approves Millions to Support Coloradans with their Energy Costs

Colorado Legislature Approves Millions to Support Coloradans with their Energy Costs

By Sean MacDonellLast week, Colorado legislators passed a coronavirus relief bill that will allocate millions to small businesses and non-profits, including five million dollars for Energy Outreach to help Coloradans weatherize their homes and assist with energy bill payments.Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) is a statewide organization that helps Coloradans year-round pay for electricity, natural gas,… Continue Reading

National Rural Health Day: The Power of Rural is The Way We Work

National Rural Health Day: The Power of Rural is The Way We Work

By Ruthie Boyd, Marketing Coordinator VISTA“I Like The Way You Work”I handed our seven-year-old patient’s mother a bag full of Skippy goodies, including a new toothbrush, floss, and a sheet outlining nearby dentists who accept Medicaid and CHP. And as I did, her eyes smiled at us. She thanked our dental hygienist, Claire, for the… Continue Reading

2021 Health Insurance Open Enrollment Period Approaches!

2021 Health Insurance Open Enrollment Period Approaches!

By Greg Fischer, Program SupervisorTri-County Health Network (TCHNetwork) is gearing up to help local residents enroll in health insurance during the 2021 Open Enrollment Period. Open Enrollment officially begins November 1 and runs through December 15to ensure coverage starting January 1, 2021. An extended enrollment period runs from December 16th to January 15th for coverage… Continue Reading

SKIPPY Dental Is Coming Soon!

SKIPPY Dental Is Coming Soon!

By Gina Gurreri, Community Programs Development Supervisor Back-to-school time is often a time to check up on your child’s needs. Do they need a new backpack or new shoes? Do they need a physical for sports or immunizations? Do they have the school supplies and books they’ll need for classes?What about their oral health needs?Tooth… Continue Reading

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