RedCliff Ascent uses an Integrated Care, Evidence-Based model. These terms sound impressive, but it might not be obvious exactly what they mean. With the help of Executive Director Dr. Steve DeMille, the following two entries will explain what an Integrated Care, Evidence-Based model is, and what it is not. This first entry will focus on Integrated Care.
“An integrated care model looks at the whole client. It looks at them as a whole individual. There are many different factors that influence why an adolescent is struggling or why a family is struggling,”
For example, one of the factors that affect a teen’s overall health is their physical wellbeing. If a teen is overweight, then that will affect the teen’s motivation and mood. Another factor is the teen’s emotional and mental health. Depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues will alter a teen’s behavior. The teen’s developmental level also affects the way that the teen will behave. So will the teen’s social development. A teen who is able to make and maintain friendships will behave differently than a teen that does not. Addiction is yet another factor taken into consideration.
Finally, integrated care considers the whole family system. When a teen is struggling, it has a ripple effect on the whole family. RedCliff Ascent strives to heal the entire family. Moreover, events like divorce, adoption, and significant loss play major roles in a teen’s development. All of these factors combine to create a teen's overall well-being. Each of these aspects must be considered and addressed in order to help the person heal. As Dr. DeMille said, “The integrated care model basically says if you are treating somebody, you have got to treat the whole person.”
The Integrated Care model might sound similar to holistic medicine, but there are some significant differences. While people often use the word holistic to describe the whole person, unlike Integrated Care, holistic medicine is not based on scientific evidence.
“Integrated care is a model that was promoted by SAMHSA,” said Dr. DeMille. “There is not necessarily any support behind using a holistic approach. Holistic doesn’t necessarily mean anything in particular. It just means you are treating the whole person. Integrated care, on the other hand, is supported by psychological organizations. Integrated Care is a lot more founded and researched. Everyone should have the same idea about what an integrated care model means. Holistic? That could mean a lot of things.”
Having the same standards and practices across a variety of different programs helps to ensure that the client receives the highest possible quality of care. The highest level of care is what RedCliff Ascent strives for. We owe your family nothing less.
Next week's entry will define what an Evidence-Based model is, and describe the ways in which an Evidence-Based model is critical to providing the highest level of care.