RUMC Integration of Primary Care in Behavioral Health
The patient is a white 42-year-old male diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and history of alcohol abuse. According to the patient’s family medical history, his deceased father had late onset diabetes. The patient also has a long history of medical non-compliance and didn’t have a previous primary care provider (PCP) in place. He has been in the Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) outpatient behavioral health treatment since his discharge from the inpatient behavioral health unit 2009. His treatment plan goals focused on staying sober, mood stabilization, coping with negative emotions and emotional regulation.
In July of 2016, RUMC started offering nurse practitioner-provided primary care screening for outpatient behavioral health patients.
Based on the results found during his meetings with NP and nurse, the patient’s treatment plan goals address maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The patient reports exercising, eating healthy, tracking his physical health and reflecting on how developing a healthy lifestyle impacts his mental health.