On June 3, the partners of Worcester County’s new outpatient mental health services program will present at the 36th Annual National Alliance for Rural Mental Health Conference in Denver, Colo. The NARMH Conference has been a celebration of the innovation that is the cornerstone of success in supporting recovery for persons challenged by mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
Atlantic General’s Krista Conway, the clinical leader of the mental health program, and Jeanette Troyer, the hospital’s Magnet program coordinator, along with Dr. Jennifer Shultz and Tracy Tilghman of the Worcester County Health Department, have been selected to present on the challenges of integrating public health and primary care services to address not only behavioral health issues, but also physical health, of the mental health population.
“It is crucial that we provide care that is closely coordinated with the resources of the Worcester County Health Department to make our outpatient mental health program successful and truly beneficial for our patients,” said Conway. “Fortunately, we have a strong relationship with the Health Department, and we all look forward to sharing what we know on a national level.”
The outpatient mental health program was launched in the summer of 2009, made possible by grant assistance from the state of Maryland and the Maryland Hospital Association. The program is composed of a board-certified psychiatrist, a licensed clinical social worker, and Conway, who provides clinical oversight and helps individuals navigate their care options.
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