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Family Medicine Training at Latterman Family Health Center

In the summer of 2014, Dr. Kolko, three medical students (Eva Chernoff, Anna Huh, Laura Lin), and a clinical psychology intern (Rachel Kolko) worked with a Family Health Center in McKeesport, PA to establish integrated behavioral health services in a primary care facility. They worked with UPMC supervisors Dr. Tracey Conti, MD and Shari Holland, MA, LPC to provide training on recognizing and assessing common behavioral health issues. Since children could be assessed and referred by their primary care provider, more children could get the help they needed for behavioral health issues such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, anger, autism, trauma, bullying, and even weight management.

In fact, by the time a year had gone by, the SKIP program received 65 referrals for just such issues - a full third of referrals were for ADHD or possible ADHD alone. SKIP's work benefited children 18 months old to 18 years old by offering medication management, behavioral counseling, and in some cases, referral to outside services. Parents received complementary services including parenting education (especially CBT-based and psychoeducation-based) and even referral for services when necessary.

This training gave the SKIP program the opportunity to explore clinical issues such as charting behavioral health for future reference and working around the limited evening hours of staff. Telemedicine via phone, e-mail, and computer allowed SKIP to work with patients within their schedules.

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