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The behavioral health department is invested in our community kiddos! The therapists in each facility provide services for children as well as adults. We are very fortunate to have Dr. Jim Jones, child psychologist, at PACC and the department is in the process of hiring another child psychologist. I am thrilled to announce that we have also developed play therapy rooms at three of our centers to specifically meet the needs of our smallest patients.
The behavioral health department also includes a pediatric psychiatrist and a pediatric psychiatric nurse practitioner. All staff work closely with the pediatricians in the centers to meet the needs of the child and family as a whole.
In addition to these resources, the behavioral health folks have the pleasure of consulting with the social workers in the centers as well as with BIBS and Healthy Families to get a full picture of the family’s needs and strengths. Our BIBS and Healthy Families staff work tirelessly to improve the lives of these families and in turn, improve communities.
As you can see, HealthNet truly provides a network of care that reaches each corner of a child’s life. It’s exciting, fun, and rewarding to see our littlest patients grow and flourish.
I often hear from my adult patients that they first came to HealthNet as pediatric patients. They feel that HealthNet is home and are excited to continue from their pediatric care to adult primary care to OB care and then begin bringing their children to our clinic. After meeting a patient for the first time, I often ask if they remember how to get back to the lobby after an appointment. More often than not, I get the response,
“I’ve been coming here for 20 years. I know this building like the back of my hand!”
It’s encouraging when patients are so satisfied with their service at HealthNet they are happy to introduce their children and grandchildren into our caring community!
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