Partnering With Facilities

For residential communities, Mindful Mental Health of Alabama offers many important services for their residents. Mindful Mental Health of Alabama offers to place its Psychologists and/or Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) at no cost to the facility.

MMHA therapists participate in the patients care as a member of their treatment team. Mindful Mental Health of Alabama clinicians focus their care on behavior modification and provide family support, resulting in positive transitions for patients and staff. Additional benefits for facilities include staff education, clinical support services and specialized mental health programs.

Health Services for Residents

Throughout our life we are faced with change and the resulting effects on life around us. Change is a regular part of our daily life. There are times however, where change is the result of a major life transition and our ability to adapt to the new environment is beyond our skill level. Therapy offers individuals or families a process to work through what this life change means.

Often when faced with a change we look for ways to incorporate this into the life we are leading. In the case of a major life transition, therapy helps to determine how the life we are leading will adapt to this foundational shift. Your therapist is here to help identify these issues and the other adjustment issues as you move forward through the many life transitions that help to create the person we are today.

Disease management assessment and education including:

  • Functional decline assessment
  • Coping strategy, skill set development, and alternative solutions
  • Depression assessment
  • Referrals to assisted living and/or mental health facilities
  • Suitability of living arrangements
  • Assessment of family caregiver burden
  • Grief processing
  • Mental health and needs assessmen

The specific conditions and situations that Mindful Mental Health of Alabama, LLC., treats are as follows:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Anger Management
  • Behavior Problems
  • Grief & Loss
  • Memory Loss
  • Transition & Adjustment Disorder
  • Post-surgical Mental Health Care
  • Post-traumatic Stress
  • Chronic Diseases including but not limited to Cancer, Cardiovascular and Pain
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependency
  • Other
  • Therapeutic Approach
  • Smooth Residential Transition & Adjustment
  • Awareness Program
  • Baseline and Ongoing Assessments
  • Individual and Group Therapy
  • Benefits to Communities/Facilities
  • Community/Facility Based Education

Therapeutic Approach

The primary therapeutic approach for Mindful Mental Health of Alabama, LLC., providers is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel. It is used to help treat a wide range of issues in a person’s life. CBT works by changing people’s attitudes and their behavior by focusing on the thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes that are held (a person’s cognitive processes) and how these processes relate to the way a person behaves, as a way of dealing with emotional problems.

An important advantage of cognitive behavioral therapy is that it tends to be short, taking five to ten months for most emotional problems. Clients attend one session per week, each session lasting approximately 30-50 minutes. During this time, the client and therapist are work together to understand what the problems are and develop new strategies for tackling them.

Smooth Residential Transition and Adjustment

BACKGROUND

An adjustment (transition) disorder occurs when an individual is unable to adjust to or cope with a stressor, like a major life event. Since people with this disorder normally have symptoms that depressed people do, such as general loss of interest, feelings of hopelessness and crying, this disorder is also sometimes known as situational depression. Unlike major depression however, the disorder is caused by an outside stressor and generally resolves once the individual can adapt to the situation. Adjustment disorder may also be acute or chronic, depending on whether it lasts more or less than six months. If the adjustment disorder lasts less than 6 months, then it may be considered acute. If it lasts more than 6 months, it may be considered chronic. Diagnosis of adjustment disorder is quite common; there is an estimated incidence of 5–21% among psychiatric consultation services for adults. Adult women are diagnosed twice as often as are adult men.

Treatment

Often, the recommended treatment for adjustment disorder is psychotherapy. The goal of psychotherapy is symptom relief and behavior change. Treatment allows the patient to put his or her distress or rage into words rather than into destructive actions. Individual therapy can help a person gain the support they need, identify these abnormal responses and maximize the use of the individual’s strengths. Counseling, psychotherapy, crisis intervention, family therapy, behavioral therapy and self-help group treatment are often used to encourage the verbalization of fears, anxiety, rage, helplessness, and hopelessness. As prescribed by the patients’ physician, sometimes small doses of antidepressants and anxiolytics are also used in addition to other forms of treatment. In addition to professional help, family and caregivers can help their relative with their difficulty adjusting by:

  • offering encouragement to talk about his/her emotions
  • offering support and understanding
  • reassuring the resident that their reactions are normal
  • communicate with family members to with updates on the resident’s progress
  • assisting residents in making simple decisions, such as what show to watch on TV or what activities they enjoy most, etc.
  • having the patient engage in a hobby or activity they enjoy
  • encouraging residents to engage in assisted living activities
  • As these situations’ effects family, significant others, treatment and counseling are not only directed towards residents, but also involve the patient’s family, close friends and caregivers.

For these transitional situations and adjustment disorders, MMHA offers an awareness program, baseline and ongoing assessments and individual and group therapy for residents.

Awareness Program

Mindful Mental Health of Alabama creates awareness of its services through a variety of methods including (but not limited to):

  • Community presentations directed to residents and families
  • Educational initiatives directed to facility staff
  • Informational fliers for facility marketing (enclosed)
  • Newsletter information

Baseline and Ongoing Assessments

MMHA health care providers that are State of Alabama Licensed Clinical Psychologists or Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) trained in mental health therapy and counseling performs baseline initial assessments. These standardized assessments identify individuals that may have an adjustment disorder at the time of assessment or are deemed to be “at risk” to develop one. Individual treatment plans will be developed by the LCSWs. MMHA providers will work collaboratively with the resident’s physicians and community staff.

Individual and Group Therapy

At the time of initial assessment, individuals will enter therapy (if appropriate). After obtaining consent to treat (either from the resident directly, from their guardian or POA), therapy will either be performed on an individual basis or in a group setting or both. Treatment will be ongoing as deemed appropriate by the therapist.

Group Therapy

Mental Health condition specific group therapy is offered to targeted communities and facilities. Group therapy is an efficient and effective approach to therapy. It is efficient in that one-hour group sessions for 6-10 individuals, allows the Provider and ultimately, the Licensee, to secure more revenue as compared to individual sessions. In addition to beneficial therapy, group therapy is effective in that they promote socialization and residents benefit from other residents who share their experiences with “like” situations and generally, this approach to care, enhances relationships in these communities. Often individuals that are new to these communities, have difficult adjustment periods. Many new residents will have a feeling of abandonment, feel a loss of independence, suffer loneliness and depression, all of which may lead to a decline in mental health, negatively affecting their quality of life.

As with individual therapy, potential group therapy patients are identified by the referring sources, generally Wellness Directors, from target communities. With Wellness Directors in-put, MMHA decides the topic for each group. Wellness Directors are requested to assist in onsite group related logistics including offering methods for “program” awareness directed to residents and their families, providing a private meeting area and gathering patients on the day of the group.

The referral process and consent to treat is the same as it is for individual patient referrals. An individual is identified and referred with a designation of possibly a need for group therapy. MMHA will then process insurance and if verified, the individual will have an assessment performed by the MMHA provider the services that community. At that time and if the treatment plan includes group therapy (with or without individual therapy), the individual will then be offered to participate in group. These groups are ongoing and new residents are “dropped-in”. A date, time and place are identified to hold the group. Often, a flyer is posted in a common area as to bring awareness to the upcoming group is chosen. The group is identified as a closed group 6-12 sessions with an end date or may be an ongoing open group, that accepts drop ins. A confidential sign-up sheet is posted for participants to sign up. Provider billing includes the Group therapy codes and if appropriate Providers will bill for individual therapeutic codes.

Benefits to Communities/Facilities

The following represents the benefits of services offered:

  • It demonstrates market differentiation for Communities/Facilities
  • It demonstrates that Community is aware of these sometimes-difficult transitions and other mental health conditions and offers a solution
  • It will further improve Communities/Facilities image
  • It will create a positive economic impact by acquiring more move-ins and having less individuals move-out because of dissatisfaction with their transition and difficult adjustment
  • It will create a more content environment for all residents/staff
  • It promotes socialization
  • It will improve staff morale
  • It will assist family members with coping for loved ones

This program is of no cost to Community or its residents.

Community/Facility Based Education

MMHA offers education to the targeted communities and facilities at no cost. Education is performed by the providers and MMHA corporate representatives. Education is offered to residents and community clinical staff. Education topics are chosen by community staff and may include resident wellness activities with topics that include (to name a few), such as, Depression, Transition and Adjustment, Dementia, etc. Education directed to clinical staff includes relevant situations (to name a few), such as “How to De-escalate a Difficult Situation” or “Recognizing Early Signs and Symptoms of Depression”. These are value add tactics that solidifies relationships with the staff from the communities.