For the third year, Nevada ranked 51st in the nation for mental health according to Mental Health America’s annual state of mental health report. That’s just one reason why the newly established Stacie Mathewson Behavioral Health & Addiction Institute at Renown is so important. Dr. Kristen Davis-Coelho, administrator of the new institute, talks more about what the Institute is, services offered and how it plans to expand.
What is the Stacie Mathewson Behavioral Health & Addiction Institute?
Thanks to a generous donation from Charles N. and Stacie L. Mathewson, we’ve established the Stacie Mathewson Behavioral Health & Addiction Institute at Renown. This Institute hopes to decrease stigma and also encourage more people with behavioral health and addiction issues to seek help.
The developing institute will be dedicated to:
• Expanding mental health and addiction prevention, intervention/crisis care, and treatment available to the community.
• Providing early screening and intervention to youth at risk for alcohol or substance abuse.
• Improving the training of healthcare professionals to address the needs of at-risk, mentally ill and addicted individuals.
• Conducting research to identify the root causes of mental illness and addiction.
Current Programming, Explained
As part of the Institute, Renown Behavioral Health recently moved into a newly remodeled space at 85 Kirman Avenue across from Renown Regional Medical Center. We have combined our behavioral health teams and services into this single location. As a result, this will help enhance access and coordination of care for patients.
Suite 100 on the first floor includes our intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs. These programs offer more frequent clinical treatment for those who need a higher level of care.
On the second floor, suite 200, we have several large group therapy rooms; individual and couples therapy; medication evaluations and management; and psychological testing. Expanding to this facility allows us to care for more patients in the community.
What Programming Do You Expect in the Future?
We will continue to grow those services and work to integrate more music, art and exercise therapies as part of individualized treatment.
Growing behavioral health and addiction services for our local youth will be another key focus. Partnering with community organizations, the Institute will provide parent education that emphasizes addressing early childhood risk and maintaining close ties to family and community. Risk can be reduced in many ways. Renown Regional Medical Center will also create a registry to identify and track babies who are born addicted. This will help us provide case management to the baby and caregivers while helping parents work toward long-term recovery.
Changing the status of mental health and addiction in our region will ultimately extend to research through the Healthy Nevada Project. There are genetic links that increase the risk of mental illness and substance use disorder. To better understand these links, Renown Institute for Health Innovation – a collaboration between Renown and Desert Research Institute – will research the individual, genetic, environmental and also sociodemographic determinants that contribute to abuse and mental illness. With that information, the Stacie Mathewson Behavioral Health & Addiction Institute at Renown hopes to provide parents and care providers better tools to reduce risk and identify early warning signs.
How Will the Institute Partner with Other Experts and Organizations in Our Community?
Partnering with other care experts and organizations to achieve the Institute’s goal of decreasing stigma and also encouraging more people to seek treatment will be key.
In addition to the collaborations mentioned above, we will coordinate care with various community organizations that specialize in providing recovery services like case management and social support, as these services lead to improved long-term recovery.
In the years ahead, the Institute will work with community partners to evaluate and fill gaps in care. Another goal: establishing an independent crisis facility that offers timely evaluations, stabilization and also outpatient detox.