Who provides the service?
Prescribing clinicians include psychiatrists (i.e., physicians trained in psychiatry), advanced practice nurses with prescription privileges, registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. These providers work as part of a treatment team with therapists and case managers to augment those services.
Who can use it?
Adult, adolescent and child residents of Warren or Clinton County who have mental health problems that do not respond to counseling and/or case management alone. Ohio Medicaid recipients from anywhere, who also receive counseling and/or case management services from this agency, may also use this service.
What is it?
Pharmacological management is the prescription of medications to change the mood, perception and/or thinking of persons whose symptoms do not respond to counseling or case management alone. The service includes the ongoing assessment of the effectiveness of this intervention, education of clients and parents/guardians about the potential benefits and risks (e.g., side effects) of such treatment. This intervention may make clients more amenable to other kinds of intervention such as counseling, case management and vocational services.
Where is the service provided?
Adult psychiatric services are provided at:
- 975A Kingsview Drive, Lebanon, OH 45036
- 50 Greenwood Lane, Springboro, OH 45066
- 953 S. South Street, Wilmington, OH 45177
Child/adolescent psychiatric services are provided at all of the locations listed above except the Lebanon/Kingsview location. We also provide child/adolescent psychiatric services at other locations in Warren County including Juvenile Court’s Mary Haven program and Mid-Western Children’s Home.
When are the services provided?
Adult services are provided Monday through Friday during regular business hours. Child/adolescent psychiatric services are provided Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during regular business hours. Not all locations have a prescribing clinician present every day, but at least one is present somewhere in the agency each business day.
Why do we do it?
Psychotropic medication can be an important adjunct to treatment. Various medications can elevate mood, relieve anxiety, improve concentration, reduce preoccupation with delusional ideas and reduce or eliminate hallucinations. Antipsychotic medications in particular can help clients think more like most other people do. Medications help people achieve a measure of stability and make them more amenable to other interventions. Improving stability can reduce the need for more costly interventions such as crisis services or hospitalization.