The Crucial Role of Onsite Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Team in Optimizing Medication for Students at Elevations RTC
At Elevations RTC, we understand students’ unique challenges when facing emotional and behavioral issues. One of the critical aspects of our comprehensive approach to mental health care is the presence of an on-site psychiatrist and psychiatric team. In this blog, we will explore the significant benefits of having these professionals on-site, particularly when finding the proper medications and optimal dosages for our students.
Optimizing Medications and Dosage:
Many students arrive at Elevations RTC with a history of being prescribed various medications to manage their mental health conditions. Finding the right combination and dosage can be a complex and delicate process. It requires close monitoring, expert guidance, and a commitment to ensuring that each student receives the most effective and tailored treatment plan.
As our experts work together in a residential treatment setting, the psychiatric team can closely collaborate with our interdisciplinary staff to provide optimal outcomes. This includes working closely with the student’s therapists, teachers, and other healthcare providers to gather information about the student’s behavior, mood, and overall functioning across different environments and contexts.
The Role of On-site Psychiatrists:
Having an on-site psychiatrist is a game-changer for our students. These mental health professionals can readily assess, diagnose, and prescribe medications based on individual needs. The immediacy of having a psychiatrist on-site eliminates the delays often associated with off-site consultations, ensuring a swift response to any changes in a student’s condition.
One advantage of having an onsite psychiatric team is their ability to interact directly with the student on a regular basis. This allows them to develop a strong rapport with the student and better understand their unique needs. By collaborating closely with other interdisciplinary team members, they can also ensure that all aspects of the student’s treatment plan are aligned.
Here are ten more ways that the on-site psychiatric team at Elevations RTC can benefit students’ medication management.
10 Benefits of On-site Psychiatric Teams:
- Personalized Treatment Plans:
On-site psychiatric teams work closely with each student to develop personalized treatment plans. They take into account the unique aspects of the individual’s mental health history, symptoms, and responses to different medications. This personalized approach increases the likelihood of finding the most effective treatment.
- Regular Monitoring and Adjustments:
Finding the right medications and dosages can be an ongoing process. Our psychiatric teams conduct regular check-ins and assessments to monitor the student’s progress. This proactive approach allows for timely adjustments to the treatment plan, ensuring optimal results while minimizing side effects.
- Collaboration with Therapeutic Teams:
On-site psychiatric teams collaborate seamlessly with our therapeutic teams, creating a holistic and integrated approach to mental health care. This collaboration ensures medication management aligns with each individual’s therapeutic treatment plan, providing our students with a comprehensive and cohesive experience.
- Reducing Medication Dependency:
Some students may arrive at Elevations on a high number of medications. The expertise of our psychiatric teams allows for a careful review and, when appropriate, a reduction in the number of medications prescribed. This reduction minimizes the risk of adverse effects and supports finding the optimal medication balance.
- Family Involvement and Education:
On-site psychiatric teams also prioritize involving our students’ families. They provide education and support to parents and guardians, ensuring they understand the medications prescribed, potential side effects, and the importance of adherence to the treatment plan. This collaborative approach extends the care beyond the campus, creating a supportive environment for the student’s mental health journey.
- Crisis Intervention and Emergency Response:
When immediate intervention is required, having an on-site psychiatric team enables swift crisis response. Our team is equipped to handle emergencies, reassuring students and their families. This quick response can prevent escalation and ensure the student’s safety.
- Holistic Wellness Programs:
Elevations is committed to promoting a well-rounded approach to healing. In addition to medication management, our on-site psychiatric team actively contributes to developing and implementing wellness programs. These programs encompass various therapeutic modalities, lifestyle adjustments, and coping strategies, fostering a person-centered approach to mental health.
- Research and Stay Updated:
Our on-site psychiatric team is dedicated to staying abreast of the latest advancements in psychiatric care and medications. Engaging in ongoing research and professional development ensures that our teams are well-informed about emerging treatments and can integrate evidence-based practices into the care they provide.
- Transition Planning:
As students progress through their therapeutic journey, our psychiatric team actively engages in transition planning. Whether transitioning to a lower level of care or preparing for life beyond Elevations, the teams work collaboratively to ensure a smooth transition, including any necessary medication management adjustments.
- Student Empowerment:
Empowering students to participate actively in their treatment is a key focus. Our interdisciplinary teams communicate openly with students, encouraging them to express their experiences and concerns. This collaborative approach fosters a sense of agency and self-awareness, allowing students to play an active role in their mental health journey.
The presence of on-site psychiatrists and psychiatric staff at Elevations RTC plays a pivotal role in supporting our students’ mental health and well-being journey. The ability to swiftly address medication needs, personalize treatment plans, and collaborate seamlessly with therapeutic teams contributes to an environment where students can thrive. Through this integrated approach, we are dedicated to helping students achieve optimal mental health and reach their full potential.
Jennifer is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who works well with complex family systems. Her training includes helping couples, families, children, adolescents and adults with a variety of presenting problems including trauma, self-harm, mental illness, mood regulation, unhealthy eating patterns, behavioral problems, foster care, and family conflict. Her specialty areas include working with struggling teens and family therapy. Her work experience includes working in public mental health, working with families and children who are involved in the foster care system or adopted, and working in residential care. Jennifer is also a certified Dialectical Behavioral Therapist.