Increase screening and identification of mental health needs, access to mental health care, and community support and awareness.
Tahoe Forest Health System plans to assure minimum screening recommendations (based on evidence-based guidelines and the United States Preventative Services Task Force recommendations) for all primary care health clinics to include Depression Screening. Routine screenings for psychosocial problems such as depression are important indicators to help manage patients and improve quality of care, especially if the patient is also suffering from a chronic disease such as diabetes or hypertension.
Suicide Prevention Coalition
The Suicide Prevention Coalition formed in 2013 in response to significant community need around suicide awareness and prevention. The Coalition has focused on prevention by promoting the Know the Signs campaign and organizing educational events such as Positive Psychology with Christopher Old, MFP, LPCC and Supporting Ourselves and Our children in Difficult Times with Kim Bateman, PhD and Jackie Hurt-Coppola, LMFT.
The Steering Committee includes TFHS's Wellness Neighborhood, Placer County Health and Human Services, Nevada County Health and Human Services, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Tahoe Safe Alliance and the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee. All community members are invited to be a part of the Coalition.
The ACEs Aware initiative is an effort to screen patients for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to help improve and save lives. Tahoe Forest Health System is a proud recipient of the ACEs Aware initiative grant. As an ACEs Aware grantee, TFHS works to educate clinicians and communities about ACEs and toxic stress and the importance of prevention, treatment, and healing.
Mental and Behavioral Health Resource Directory
The Mental and Behavioral Health Resource Directory is updated yearly and includes provider and practice information, payments accepted including insurance or sliding scale, if the provider offers services in Spanish, gender and license of the provider.
Whole Hearts, Minds and Bodies
The Wellness Neighborhood is partnered with Gateway Mountain Center and their Whole Hearts, Minds and Bodies program to target at-risk youth. The program uses a holistic treatment model for youth who are experiencing mental health challenges including behavioral and/or substance abuse issues.
Their concept of Nature-Based Therapeutic Mentoring combines caring mentorship, expansive experiences, and self reflection to support participants as they navigate life. The team consists of mentors with training as therapists, school counselors, mountain guides, teachers and practitioners in the healing and holistic hearts who guide youth through multi-hour, activity-based sessions that help them increase their sense of empowerment, strengthen their resiliency, expand their self image and reduce their vulnerability to stress and depression.