Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health – A Success Story

The Brandywine Health Foundation has funded local behavioral health agencies since our inception.  Here is a report from one of our grantees, Child Guidance Resource Centers (CGRC), that promotes “the integration of physical health and behavioral health” .  CGRC staff are responsible for training local community members in youth mental health first aid (YMHFA).  Read what Andy Kind-Rubin, Vice President for Clinical Services and Chief Clinical Officer had to say about their work here in Coatesville.

The Brandywine Health Foundation has enabled us to expand and improve our services and to promote the integration of physical health and behavioral health.

  • We are doing this by introducing various evidence-based practices into our outpatient and other services.
  • We are doing this by applying to provide telepsychiatry services so that client access to psychiatric care is improved.
  • We are doing this by promoting the integration of physical health and behavioral health through having a behavioral health nurse consulting to our case management program and providing a psychiatric nurse practitioner to ChesPenn to educate and consult to their medical staff and patients around behavior health issues.
  • Finally, we are doing this by training Coatesville area school district staff and Coatesville community members in youth mental health first aid (YMHFA). The goal of this program is to remove the stigma associated with mental illness, and promote greater familiarity with mental illness and the signs and symptoms associated with it. This in turn will help community members feel more comfortable intervening when youth are exhibiting such behaviors and helping the youth & families to access the care they need.