CenterPointe Hospital June 2020 Newsletter
Adolescent Summer Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program
CenterPointe Hospital Outpatient Clinic Program Manager, Reva F., LPC, RPT, provides a virtual intensive outpatient program for adolescents throughout the summer months to help teens develop the skills needed to lead a happy, healthy and productive life.
The summer break is an excellent time for adolescents to receive additional help in developing health
- Communication Skills
- Decision-making Skills
- Coping Skills
- Anger Management
- Management of Depression & Anxiety
- Organizational and Life Skills
- Transition Back to School
Distance is not an issue – virtual outpatient therapy can be accessed from any location on your home computer, tablet or smart phone. For more information about CenterPointe’s Adolescent Summer Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program or to schedule a confidential assessment at no cost, call 800-345-5407 Toll Free.
The Changing Pointe Residential Treatment Center for Adults
Under the clinical leadership of Adrienne Linck, LPC, CADC, CCDP-D, SQP, The Changing Pointe Residential Treatment Center provides a holistic approach that addresses each resident’s specific needs.
Here is a testimonial from a resident who recently completed The Changing Pointe Residential Addiction Treatment Program:
“This is the first time in 20+ years that I feel I was thoroughly evaluated, diagnosed and treated…especially my mental health issues in conjunction with my addiction issues. I learned a lot from The Changing Pointe staff. Lou’s classes are where I learned the most. You can tell he really cares about each of us and he makes sure we get the preparation we need to help us be successful in the real world. Carole is so compassionate and empathetic and her guidance was much appreciated on my difficult days. Mohammed always made things fun, which is definitely needed when dealing with such a serious disease as addiction. He has the ability to get the information across while keeping us interested. Adrienne was great in answering my endless questions and explaining everything thoroughly. I could go on and on about each of the staff. In short, they are all AMAZING!”
by a Changing Pointe Alumni
The Changing Pointe provides a full range of addiction treatment services including:
- Inpatient detox
- 4-week residential treatment
- Intensive outpatient program
- Medication-assisted treatment
- Dual disorders treatment (simultaneously treating the underlying mental health issues as well as addiction issues)
Depending upon the severity and stage of the illness, as well as the family, employment and community support systems, individuals may begin treatment in any of the above levels of care that best meets their needs.
Navigating the New Normal
by Allison Minks, MA, Clinical Services Manager
(pictured front row, 4th from the left)
Social Workers and therapists have been providing behavioral health care services to vulnerable and at risk populations for decades; often times with limited resources or tools. Now, amidst the COVID-19 crisis, we are finding that navigating “the new normal” is like trying to bake a cake, but you have no ingredients and the oven is broken.
What once limited resources we had available are now gone and we find ourselves thinking about the good old days when patients could attend an in-person AA meeting or have a visit from their community mental health case worker. This is hard. Let me repeat myself. THIS IS HARD. This is hard for the patient who cannot have a visit with their spouse. This is hard for the homeless person who doesn’t have a bed because the shelters are at capacity. And this is hard for the behavioral health worker who wants to provide their patient with every known resource known to man, but has to tell them over and over again that because of COVID-19 the resource that they desperately need is not available.
But, because of who we are and what we do, the behavioral health community in the Greater St. Louis area has come together just like many great cities following a tragedy, and have rallied to support those in our community who now, more than ever, need our support. Behavioral health hospitals are keeping their doors open, new tele-health options are popping-up almost daily to support patients who need intensive outpatient, AA/NA, support groups, and medication management. Crisis lines have been added to handle the influx of calls related to coping with COVID19, or to just provide a validating voice as the caller struggles with another day of isolation. And while we currently don’t have the resources we once had available we are, as a community, learning new ways to reach even more at-risk people and not allowing COVID-19 to come in between us and the patients we are ready to serve.
We are on the front-lines of behavioral health in a way we never thought possible, and one day we will look back on our “quarantine days” and feel a sense of pride and accomplishment knowing we served the most vulnerable in our community at a time they needed us the most.
Mental health is an essential part of well-being for everyone. The increased incidence of psychological damage in the Black community can be related to the lack of culturally responsive mental health care, prejudice, racism and trauma inherent in the daily environment and enacted on the Black community.
Historically, black Americans have been and continue to be negatively affected by prejudice and discrimination in the health care system. Misdiagnoses, inadequate treatment and lack of cultural competence by health professionals cause distrust and prevent many Black Americans from seeking or staying in treatment.
As healthcare professionals, it is imperative that we have a deep understanding of race and racism and that we provide a healing environment for those affected by racial trauma and oppression.
Toward this end, CenterPointe is committed to prioritizing more anti-racism trainings for ourselves and our partners, ensuring that racial trauma is central to the treatment and recovery process, listening better to the voices and needs of our Black team members and partners, and working harder for system changes even when it’s difficult or uncomfortable.
Below are some important resources on race, racism and mental health resources. We hope you’ll join us in listening, learning and applying this knowledge to your programs and services.
The month of June is a time for reflection and celebration. We reflect on the Stonewall riots and thank those who started the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. We also take this time to celebrate the individual diversity within the LGBTQ+ community and appreciate how our differences make the world a little more colorful.
Members of the LGBT community face chronically high levels of stress . While we have made great strides in gay rights over the last 20 years, many LGBT individuals still have endured a long personal history of social prejudice. This can include discriminatory laws and practices in employment, housing, relationship recognition and health care, as well as stigma and challenges with their family and friends. This type of stress can lead to higher levels of anxiety, fear, isolation, depression, anger and mistrust.
As leaders in mental health and addiction treatment, CenterPointe’s mission is to create a safe and inclusive environment for people of all different backgrounds, ethnicities, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religious affiliation. In addition, our staff has created a compassionate, understanding, LGBT-affirming environment to ensure that LGBT individuals, who face unique challenges and a long history of stigma and discrimination, receive the care they need and deserve.
Reaching out for support takes courage and strength, and it is also the first step towards recovery.
Don’t know where to turn? CenterPointe is here to help!
Men are less likely than women to seek treatment for depression, substance use and stressful life events due to:
- Social norms
- Reluctance to talk
- Downplaying symptoms
Some warning signs of a mental health condition may include some of the following symptoms:
- Anger, irritability, or aggressiveness
- Noticeable changes in mood, energy level, or appetite
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
- Difficulty concentrating, feeling restless or on edge
- Increased worry or feeling stressed
- Misuse of alcohol and/or drugs
- Sadness or hopelessness
- Suicidal thoughts
- Feeling flat or having trouble feeling positive emotions
- Engaging in high-risk activities
- Aches, headaches, digestive problems without a clear cause
- Obsessive thinking or compulsive behavior
- Thoughts or behaviors that interfere with work, family, or social life
- Unusual thinking or behaviors that concern other people
If you are unsure about where to go for help, ask your family doctor or contact CenterPointe Hospital at 800-345-5407.
If you or someone you know is in a crisis, get help immediately. You can call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).