Centre Volunteers in Medicine formally introduced the Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) program in September of 2019. The goal of this program is to provide high quality behavioral health care embedded within the primary medical care clinic in order to maximize the physical and mental health of our patients together. This model seeks to take advantage of the complementary nature that growth in both of these incredibly important aspects can have on one another and our overall health on the whole.
The term “behavioral health” includes many aspects of our physical and mental health. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act and it is important at every stage of life. Over the course of one’s life, when we experience mental health issues – our thinking, mood, and behavior can be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health including biological factors such as genes or brain chemistry, life experiences such as trauma or abuse, and family history. Positive mental health allows people to realize their full potential, cope with the stresses of life, work productively, and take more active and engaged roles in their families and communities. Our program seeks to recognize the complimentary manner that improvements in physical and mental health may positively influence one another and create more durable change and higher growth potentials in our clients.
The IBHS team includes case management, psychiatry, counseling and psychological professionals who will review cases, make recommendations and work collaboratively through the behavioral health case manager who works directly with the client’s medical providers and nursing professionals. Our program is based on an enhanced version of the AIMS model originally pioneered at The University of Washington.
To learn more about our services or to begin the eligibility process please call CVIM at 814-231-4043. You must live or work in Centre County and not currently have health insurance.
Our behavioral health team is made up of a combination of fantastic staff, volunteers and students from the community. Meet some of our team members below:
Jennifer Cummings – Volunteer
In addition to serving as part of the CVIM Behavioral Health Committee, Jennie is the director of an affiliate child welfare agency and sees clients in a private practice in downtown State College. She has been a Counselor at CVIM since 2015!
Gowen Roper – Volunteer
Gowen volunteered at CVIM years ago and recently returned when he retired. His return helped us develop the Behavioral Health Services we currently offer.
Scott Scotilla – CVIM Staff
Scott’s past experiences includes residential treatment, performance consulting, a large group practice, and his own private practice. He also does forensic evaluations for the courts!
Tim Derstine, MD – CVIM Staff