The primary purposes of the Psychiatric Services are to reduce symptoms of mental illness, to improve coping skills, and instruct the use of medication(s), thus allowing the individual to improve functioning at home and in the community.
Director of Psychiatry: Dr. Rao
Developmental Psychiatrist: Dr. Ghaus
AID Nurse Practitioners:
- Meghan Sterchi NP-Adult
- Amy Adams APN FNP specialty-Lifespan
We provide services for clients located in the following counties: McHenry, Kane, Kendall, and DeKalb.
AID offers face-to-face in person psychiatric care for adults and children as well as Telehealth psychiatric care for adults. Several Telehealth and in-person adult psychiatric clinics are scheduled weekly at various AID locations, in addition to a once weekly children’s psychiatric clinic. Frequency of Behavioral Health Psychiatric Services is based on a collaborative team approach between Psychiatrist and client’s support system, (family, case manager).
Eligibility for services includes a number of factors:
- Having a mental health symptom.
- Able to utilize services and gain entry through existing AID programs.
- Ability to take medications as ordered.
Appropriate referrals are accepted from any source and have included those from local area hospitals, churches, Department of Children and Family Services, primary care physicians, Probation Officers, Visiting Nurses Association, police departments, homeless shelters, and many others.
Psychiatric Services at AID include the provision of the evaluation and diagnosis of mental illness and medication management. The psychiatrists, Advanced Practice Nurses (APN), and behavioral health nurses on staff specialize in treating mental health disorders. As part of their evaluation of the client, psychiatrists may prescribe and provide psychiatric medication management, conduct physical examinations, and order and interpret laboratory tests.
Medication Management: Medications are often used to help people with psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and schizophrenia. The prescribing psychiatrist and/or registered nurse from AID will meet with the individual prescribed the medications on a schedule basis, and will review the effects of the medication and help them manage side effects, medication or dosage changes that may be necessary. Most individuals will receive a written prescription during their visit to the outpatient office to be filled at the pharmacy of their choice. In some cases, psychiatrists and APNs will use electronic prescribing technology that forward medication orders to the client’s pharmacy of choice.
Services also include: Medication management/monitoring/training/administration, ongoing promotion of health and wellness, and general health needs assessments.
Payer sources include most Medicaid Integrated Care Programs, Medicare/Medicaid Alignment Initiative Program, Medicare, self-pay, and private insurance.
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