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Mental Health

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Mental, emotional, and psychological health have garnered increased attention as a major public health issue.  Mental health includes not only the traditional focus on therapy interactions, but also emerging frameworks designed to address mental health at the population health level.  Health is shaped by a plethora of determinants (e.g. Genetics, gender, socioeconomic status, education, physical environment social support networks, access to health services) that operate at the individual, family, community, health systems, and societal levels.  Because these determinants of health affect not only physical health but also psychological health, it’s imperative in public health to gain a better understanding of the many pathways through which determinants of health impact the psychological well-being of large groups of individuals. 

Community Connections

Community Connections is a referral program at PCHC for individuals with mental health/substance use concerns. Facilitating a referral for mental health/substance use services involves helping the individual/family member understand the value of engaging in these services. We provide mental health promotion, prevention, and early identification of mental health concerns through a PHQ-9 (Depression Module) screening. Our staff also use a CAGE-AID questionnaire (Cut, Annoyed, Guilty, Eye) to screen for alcohol/substance use concerns.  If the individual is then interested in continuing care, we will provide the referral into services dependent upon which service/s are being requested.  PCHC staff have the ability to refer into Primary Care services with our local FQHC (Katy Trail Community Health) which has a sliding scale and case management services to help with non-insured and under-insured individuals. We can also refer straight into our Behavioral Health Provider (Burrell Behavioral Health) if the individual prefers this option.  We have a referral system with our Substance Use Provider (Compass Health) for alcohol/substance use treatment.  Along with these referrals, our program also offers a large range of resources that are available in our community.

For more information on our referral program, please reach out to our Mental Health Coordinator, Dawn.

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Naloxone Distribution Program

The Naloxone Distribution Program aims to address the opioid crisis by reducing opioid overdose deaths through the provision of free Narcan. Narcan is a nasal delivery form of Naloxone that temporarily reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. It is safe and easy to use. Anyone at risk of having or seeing an opioid overdose, or who spends time with people who use opioids, should consider carrying Narcan. Missouri's Good Samaritan law and the Missouri's statewide standing order have made getting and using Narcan easier than ever. Narcan is available for those who need it without questions asked or identifying information gathered.  No appointment is needed and it is completely anonymous.  Every Narcan kit handed out includes local resources for substance use services and treatment as well as mental health resources. For more information on how to get Narcan in other locations in Missouri or how to access Narcan for your organization, visit NOMODEATHS.

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