Eskenazi to Grow Mental Health Center

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Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis says it will double the size of its early psychosis center. The system says the project is being funded by a $427,000 grant from the Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration.

November 3, 2014

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. -- A grant from the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will allow Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health to double the size of its groundbreaking early psychosis center.

The Eskenazi Health Midtown Prevention and Recovery Center for Early Psychosis (PARC), which serves as Indiana's first center for clinical, research and educational advancement in the treatment of individuals in the early stages of schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses, received a $427,000 grant as part of the Block Grant for Community Mental Health Services from SAMHSA that was awarded to the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). The center opened in 2009 and is located at the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital.

SAMHSA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

"This additional support will allow us to greatly expand our outreach by providing the staff and resources for us to serve additional patients," said Dr. Alan Breier, director of Eskenazi Health Midtown PARC and senior professor of psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine. "Our clinically specialized team is patient centered with a focus on early prevention and recovery."

The center provides groundbreaking testing to diagnose psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. With early, intense treatment, patients can potentially avoid some of the negative outcomes associated with the disease. Multiple treatment approaches are used to complement the use of medication, including psychotherapy, case management services, counseling, education and crisis intervention. The center works closely with patients and their families in order to provide tailored approaches to suit the needs of the patient. The clinic cares for more than 120 patients and, in its five years, has seen more than 500 patients.

"We work to encourage family and social involvement, as well as educational and work pursuits that allow for individuals to enhance their quality of life,” said Margie Payne, CEO of Eskenazi Health Midtown and vice president of mental health operations at Eskenazi Health. “This grant will allow us to treat a greater number of patients with the care and dignity that they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating, exercise and preventing negative events such as in smoking and substance abuse.”

Schizophrenia is a severe brain disorder, and, although its direct cause is unknown, both genetic and environmental factors contribute to the development of the disease. Some common symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, lack of emotional expressiveness and social withdrawal.

Dr. Breier said schizophrenia can develop into a serious, life-long illness. Individuals with schizophrenia may cope with life-disrupting symptoms that lead to hospitalization, social isolation, substance abuse and even suicide.

"However, research shows that the earlier people receive effective treatment, the better their chances of avoiding these negative outcomes," Dr. Breier explained Eskenazi Health Midtown PARC, which has a strong partnership with the Department of Psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine, provides treatment to patients ages 14-35 who have had the onset of psychotic symptoms within the past two years. Patients will receive a comprehensive clinical assessment and may choose to participate in treatment or be referred to a local mental-health provider.

For 155 years, Eskenazi Health has provided high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care to the residents of Marion County and Central Indiana. Accredited by The Joint Commission, nationally recognized programs include a Level I trauma center, regional burn center, comprehensive senior care program, women's and children's services, teen and adolescent care programs, Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health, and a network of primary care sites located throughout the neighborhoods of Indianapolis known as Eskenazi Health Center. In partnership with the Regenstrief Institute, Eskenazi Health conducts groundbreaking work that informs health information technology around the globe. Eskenazi Health also serves as the sponsoring hospital for Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services. As the public hospital division of the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County (HHC), Eskenazi Health partners with the Indiana University School of Medicine whose physicians provide a comprehensive range of primary and specialty care services. In December 2013, Eskenazi Health moved to its new main campus and opened the brand new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. The new modern and efficient facility is on track to become the country's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver campus and offers unique features like a one-of-a-kind sky farm and extensive art collection. Eskenazi Health was the recipient of $40 million gift from Indianapolis couple Sidney and Lois Eskenazi to assist with building the brand new hospital facilities. HHC recognized this generous gift by naming the new hospital and health system in the Eskenazis' honor.

Source: Eskenazi Health