New Program Helps Address Gap in Mental Health Services
Providence opens intensive, outpatient behavioral health program
Spokane, WA—In an effort to continue to address our community’s need for behavioral health care, Providence is opening RISE, an outpatient behavioral health program for adults and adolescents. RISE is an intensive day-treatment program located at Providence Holy Family Hospital Medical Building, 235 East Rowan, Suite 107. The clinic will begin serving children September 17 and adults October 15.
RISE—an acronym for Resources, Insight, Support and Empowerment—provides intensive behavioral health services to individuals, reducing the need for hospitalization, and helping them thrive in the community. The program also serves those being discharged from inpatient hospital care, and those in need of more intensive services provided by a traditional outpatient setting. RISE clients are often battling depression and anxiety.
Gap in care
“There is a lack of mental health programs in Eastern Washington to help those who need a higher level of care than provided in a traditional outpatient setting, but who do not require inpatient psychiatric hospitalization," says Tamara Sheehan, regional director of Providence Behavioral Health Services. "Because of a lack of access to this level of care, individuals often seek care in emergency departments. Providence developed RISE to provide much-needed access to care and to help fill the gap between traditional outpatient care and hospitalization."
"RISE will significantly benefit adults and children throughout the Spokane region who suffer from mental health issues affecting their professional and personal lives,” Sheehan adds.
At RISE, clients receive individualized care from a multidisciplinary, skilled and compassionate team including licensed Independent clinical social workers, advanced registered nurse practitioners, psychiatrists and psychologists.
“Clients participate in an intensive day-treatment program that offers a safe, structured environment. They return home at night and maintain important family and community relationships,” says Sheehan. “Providing this type of care allows clients to maintain other obligations, such as work or school, while participating in intensive behavioral health services."
The grim statistics
In 2016 in Spokane County, 32.8 percent of adolescents reported being depressed, according to Spokane Regional Health District. From 2010 to 2016, depression significantly increased among adolescents. Depression among youth may lead to school failure, alcohol, drug use, suicide or other negative outcomes. Although depression is treatable, research estimates two-thirds of children with mental health problems do not get the help they need. [Spokane Counts 2017; srhd.org/spokane-counts]
Disturbingly, Spokane County saw a significant increase in its suicide rate from 2011 to 2015. The 2015 suicide rate in Spokane County was significantly higher than that of Washington State and the United States. [Spokane Counts 2017; srhd.org/spokane-counts]
Outpatient care for children (K-6th grade)
Behavioral Education Skills Training (BEST) is a five week day-treatment program at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, providing intensive therapeutic treatment for boys and girls attending kindergarten through sixth grade. Providence also provides outpatient and stabilization care to adults and seniors.
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital is currently the only provider of inpatient psychiatric beds in Spokane County. It operates 72 inpatient beds that are always full. This fall, the joint venture between Providence Health Care and Universal Health Services/Fairfax Behavioral Health will celebrate the opening of a 100-bed psychiatric hospital at Fifth Avenue and Browne Street. This new hospital will increase capacity to care for adolescents and adults in our region.
RISE contact information and open house
The RISE program accepts a number of insurance plans. For program information or referrals, please contact 509-252-6446.
Providence will host a RISE dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony, September 6, 10-11 a.m., 235 East Rowan, Suite 107, Spokane. RISE program staff will provide clinic tours for community providers 11 a.m. - noon.
Beth Hedge, Senior Communications Manager
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