CHC’s Psychiatry Program includes a team of highly skilled, compassionate licensed Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners. Our objective is to support our primary care providers (PCPs) and patients in meeting their health and wellness goals by offering psychiatric care for established CHC patients. If your PCP requests assistance with mental health assessment and treatment, they can make a referral for a direct consultation between you and a CHC psychiatric provider.
When you are referred for a psychiatric consultation, you will be scheduled for a one-hour initial visit. Follow-up appointments will be 25 minutes in length are typically scheduled between 2 and 4 weeks after the initial appointment. The timing is determined by you and your provider after the initial visit. The goal of the first few appointments is to complete an initial assessment, develop and start a mental health treatment plan, and support you in carrying out this plan by continued collaboration with your PCP. Treatment plans often involve multiple recommendations, such as establishing care with a licensed clinician for psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, or sometimes prescribing medications. Plans may also include more visits with a psychiatric provider for ongoing management or accessing specialty mental health services with our community partners (like the Howard Center) that we cannot provide within our organization.
Although we are always here as collaborative partners with our PCPs, our ambition is to refer you back to your PCP for ongoing care of your mental health as you work towards achieving whole body wellness.
How Do I Get an Appointment?
- New patient to CHC? If you have not established care yet with CHC, please call to schedule an appointment with a primary care physician. Psychiatry services are made through internal referral only when requested by your primary care physician.
- Existing CHC patient? If you currently have a primary care physician at CHC, make an appointment with them to discuss your concerns and goals for psychiatric support.