Healthy Minds’ Outcomes: A Success Story
Due to the nature of our work, the clients we work with usually have similarly grim starting points. One patient in particular was experiencing multiple placement disruptions, more than 10 across 5 years. Moving from one foster home to another without continuous care made her symptoms worse and led doctors to prescribe multiple medications for serious, life-long mental diagnoses, like Major Depressive Disorder and Reactive Attachment Disorder. Doctors had tried prescribing her with 5 different medications, but symptoms only worsened, resulting in an emergency psychiatric hospitalization. She left the hospital with two serious medications: an antipsychotic and antidepressant. That’s when Healthy Minds was asked to step in.
Once in our care, our therapists and psychiatrists worked closely together to get an immediate decrease in medication to only one anti-anxiety prescription and then to zero medications just a couple of months later. With proper treatment, her symptoms lessened revealing more appropriate and manageable mental health diagnoses. She has been without medications for more than 8 months now, and since entering our care, has not needed to be hospitalized. Monthly meetings of professionals, including state workers and foster parents, to discuss the patients’ treatment plans and goals contributed to nearly a year of stable placement.
Her story is simple, and it’s the same for all of our patients: easy, objective, and bias-free outcomes demonstrate that the Healthy Minds approach to mental health treatment improves the quality of life for at-risk youth. When chosen correctly and collected carefully, these outcomes mirror the real world gains that matter most to our community and, most importantly, to the children we treat. To our knowledge, no other agency reports outcomes like us. If you know of any, let us know. We’d love to work with them to improve Nevada children’s mental health care!
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