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Mental Health Partners Begins Providing Services to SCL Physicians - Larkridge

August 19, 2014

Barbara Darling, Communications Manager
Mental Health Partners

BOULDER, Colo. (August 19, 2014)—Mental Health Partners is now providing behavioral health services to SCL Physicians - Larkridge Family, Occupational Medicine & Physical Medicine, a clinic located in Thornton, Colorado. This agreement builds upon the successful pilot program established by Mental Health Partners and Exempla Healthcare, first initiated at Exempla Thornton Medical Center last fall. Exempla Healthcare is now SCL Health and Thornton Medical Center is now part of SCL Physicians.

Mental Health Partners will locate an advanced practice nurse (APN) and a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) at the Larkridge clinic in Thornton. The LCSW provides on-site therapy to patients and the APN specializes in psychiatric medications and serves as a resource for the clinic’s physicians for medication management.

“Primary care physicians are typically a major point of contact for recognizing behavioral health issues in patients,” said Tom Base, chief business development officer at Mental Health Partners. “Rather than referring patients out to professionals, this arrangement allows ‘one-stop shopping,’ in effect, for patients. Instead of traveling to a behavioral health clinic, patients are able to receive behavioral healthcare services at Larkridge in collaboration with their primary care physicians. Research indicates that there has been an unmet need for these types of combined services.”

“We are excited to build upon the success of our pilot program. Primary care physicians collaborating with mental health specialists are much more effective than trying to provide care in a disconnected fashion. We are proud of the outcomes we are achieving together. Our patients need this kind of innovation,” said Dr. Stephen W. Cobb, President and Chief Medical Officer, SCL Physicians.

About Mental Health Partners

Mental Health Partners is an independent nonprofit organization formed in 1962 that provides comprehensive mental health and wellness services to residents of Boulder and Broomfield counties regardless of their ability to pay. The organization has multiple operating locations in Boulder, Broomfield and Longmont, Colo., in addition to dozens of community-based service points. To learn more, visit www.mhpcolorado.org

Mental Health Partners | 1333 Iris Ave., Boulder, CO 80304

About the SCL Physicians (SCLP)

SCL Physicians (SCLP) is a physician network for SCL Health, and provides care to families living in communities throughout the Denver metro area. This network includes more than 40 primary care and specialty clinics with approximately 200 physicians and advanced practitioners throughout the greater Denver metro and Boulder areas. SCLP offers convenient options and services for patients and families, including personal online access to medical records and providers, extended hours, and multiple locations to ensure you can connect with a provider close to home. These physicians are part of a nationally recognized, faith-based, health system with eight hospitals and hundreds of providers that is committed to sharing knowledge and best practices that achieve safe, effective health outcomes. More information is available at www.sclphysicians.org.

Larkridge Family Medicine | 16570 Washington St., Thornton, CO 80023