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Grady Behavioral Health Changes Lives

Radia Yansaneh (right) says she looks forward to catching up with Amanda Montgomery at Park Place every other week.

Radia Yansaneh was a typical student at University of Georgia when she first experienced symptoms of depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. With no medical or social support, she was forced to withdraw from school in 2015. 

“I kept telling myself I was a failure. It was a sad time for me,” Yansaneh said.

But things looked up when she started coming to Grady for care in June 2016, and the twenty-five year-old has steadily regained control of her life.

“Grady’s help came at the right time. I would be struggling right now if I didn’t have the Park Place community to turn to,” Yansaneh said.

10 Park Place is Grady’s Behavioral Health (BH) outpatient center for clinical and community-based services. That’s where she met Amanda Montgomery, a therapist who meets with her twice a month.

“Radia is special. She took advantage of the services in the Momentum Program (an aftercare program for people recently hospitalized) and Psychosocial Rehabilitation to better herself,” Montgomery said.

Yansaneh is now back in school studying to become a physical therapy assistant, and works as a physical therapy technician.

“I don’t know where I would be without Grady. I’ve met people who have become family, and they are a great support system,” Yansaneh said.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INTEGRATION

Metro Atlanta is under-resourced compared to the number of people needing services, says Behavioral Health Services Executive Director Michael Claeys. Still, he says, Grady offers the most comprehensive continuum of mental health services in the country, with plans to extend its reach even further this year.

“In 2018 the health system embarked on an initiative to expand behavioral health services by integrating within all primary care clinics. By July, each neighborhood health center and primary care pod in the hospital will have an embedded licensed BH clinician and access to a psychiatrist and clinical pharmacist,” Claeys said.

They will help with diagnosing, treating, and referring additional services as necessary, allowing for timely access to mental health services, cost and clinically effective treatment, and improved health outcomes.

“The introduction of behavioral health services in the Grady primary care clinics lets us detect untreated mental illness and intervene early so a crisis can be avoided.”

Stories like Yansaneh’s show how vital Grady’s BH services are to Atlanta and the state of Georgia, Claeys said.

“Radia has a team of people in her corner who see her as a whole person with incredible potential. As Grady continues to invest in BH programs and services, we will continue to help more people who need us.”

2017 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Average monthly volume in Psychiatric Emergency Service was 877, with length of stay under seven hours
  • Crisis Intervention Service saw 4030 admissions, with a decrease in 30-Day readmission from 27% in 2014 to 9% in 2017
  • 1187 inpatient admissions, with a decreased length of stay from nine to seven days
  • 47,158 outpatient visits at Park Place, which exceeded the anticipated target by 13%
  • 22K field-based services, some using tele-medicine to connect doctors with patients