Morris Hospital has adopted the Collaborative Care Model (CoCM), which is team-based behavioral health delivered in the primary care setting. CoCM involves three team members: a primary care provider, a behavioral care coordinator and a consulting psychiatrist. This team-based care program embraces a philosophy of addressing whole-person needs rather than treating medical and mental health needs separately.
This means patients can receive care through their primary care provider for behavioral and mental health conditions such as:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
WHAT IS INTEGRATED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH?
Integrated behavioral health is the connection between a person’s health and well-being of the body and the mind. Behavioral health issues can include mental or psychiatric conditions, marriage and family issues, and substance use disorders.
According to the American Hospital Association, behavioral health disorders affect nearly one in five Americans and have community-wide impacts. Despite the prevalence of these disorders, a study showed that only 43 percent of the 44.7 million adults with mental health disorders received treatment, and less than 11 percent of adults with a substance use disorder received treatment.
HOW DO I GET TREATMENT?
If you are experiencing any behavioral health concerns, bring these concerns to your primary care provider. Morris Hospital is actively working to expand access to the Collaborative Care at more of our locations. Currently, the primary care providers at the locations below work with a Collaborative Care team. Patients can begin the process by making an appointment with the primary care provider.
PRIMARY CARE LOCATIONS
The Primary Care Provider (PCP) oversees all aspects of your care at the clinic. He or she will work closely with the other members of the care team to make sure you get the best care possible. The PCP will make and/or confirm your diagnosis and may write or recall prescriptions for medications. The PCP works closely with your care manager to stay informed about your treatment progress. The PCP may also consult with the team psychiatrist if there are questions about the best treatments for you.
Morris Healthcare Center of Morris Hospital
1300 W. Dresden Drive
Morris, IL 60450
Providers: Dr. Brad Lawton, Dr. Peter Roumeliotis, Dr. Olga Peplos, Cari Pierard, D.N.P., Diane Zuelke, F.N.P.
Morris Hospital Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists
237 W. Waverly St.
Morris, IL 60450
Providers: Dr. Andrea Chen, Dr. Mary Fitzgibbon, Dr. Victoria Ochoa, Dr. Douglas Toussaint, Dr. Leticia Setrini-Best
BEHAVIORAL CARE COORDINATOR
The Behavioral Care Coordinator works closely with you and the primary care provider (PCP) to implement a treatment plan. The Behavioral Care Coordinator answers questions about your treatment. He or she will check in with you to keep track of your treatment progress and can help identify side effects if you are taking medications. The PCP and the Behavioral Care Coordinator work together with you if a change in your treatment is needed. The Behavioral Care Coordinator may also provide counseling and may provide counseling techniques proven to work in the primary care setting, such as Behavioral Activation and Problem Solving Therapy.
Amanda Comer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who serves as the care manager for the Morris Hospital Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists.
Amanda has been employed by Morris Hospital since August 2015 as a hospital social worker, and has been employed as Behavioral Care Coordinator at Morris OBGYN office since October 2020. She has a master’s and bachelor’s degree from Aurora University with a specialization in medical social work.
Amanda has experience with case management and a diverse group of patients within her inpatient hospital work. Currently, she works with pre and post-natal women, as well as women with a wide range of mental health concerns.
Amanda believes greatly in the connection between mental and physical health, and finds this model of integrated care within the OBGYN office to be ideal for patients to improve their overall health and well-being.
Dawn has been employed at Morris Hospital as a Behavioral Care Coordinator since July 2020. She earned her master’s degree from Loyola University Chicago and her bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. She has been counseling adults for more than 16 years.
Dawn believes in the collaborative care model as it provides patients an opportunity to receive care for mental health symptoms in a primary care setting; therefore, breaking down barriers to treatment and providing patients an opportunity to improve their lives by treating all aspects of their health.
Sheryl Janz is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who serves as the Behavioral Care Coordinator for the Minooka Healthcare Center at the Morris Hospital Ridge Road Campus.
Sheryl has been employed at Morris Hospital as a Behavioral Care Coordinator since May 2019. She has a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Lewis University in Romeoville and has been counseling adults and adolescents for more than 20 years.
Sheryl is passionate about Collaborative Care Counseling and finds the comprehensive, short-term model to be very effective in providing integrated care and improving clinical outcomes for patients.
Mike is a Social Worker who serves as the behavioral health care manager at Gardner Healthcare Center and Channahon Healthcare Center.
Mike earned his master’s degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa. Mike has 5 years of experience counseling adults and adolescents.
Mike maintains a passion for physical and mental wellness. He is a firm believer in the Collaborative Care Model as an innovative way to address mental and physical health symptoms in order to maximize patients’ quality of life.
Rebecca Tellez is a mental health counselor who serves as the pediatric care coordinator under the Care Collaborative Model.
Rebecca has been employed by Morris Hospital since 2022 and serves as the first Pediatric Behavioral Health Care Counselor to join the Care Collaborative Model. She has a master’s degree from Argosy University and bachelor’s degree from Loyola University.
Rebecca has 10+ years of experience with counseling and case management to a diverse group of patients across all demographics. Currently, she works with children and adolescents with a wide range of mental health concerns.
Rebecca believes greatly in the connection between mental and physical health, and finds this model of integrated care within pediatrics to be ideal for patients (and parents alike) to improve their overall health and well-being.
The Psychiatric Consultant is an expert consultant to the PCP and the Behavioral Care Coordinator. The team psychiatrist is available to advise your care team about diagnostic questions or treatment options, especially if you don’t improve with your initial treatment. The Behavioral Care Coordinator meets and consults regularly with the Psychiatric Consultant to talk about the progress of patients in the program and to think about treatment options.
Dr. Thomas Freeman is a board-certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatric physician with Morris Hospital and Healthcare Centers.
Dr. Freeman serves as a psychiatric consultant to the behavioral health care managers, primary care providers, and pediatricians for children and adolescents in the hospital’s Integrated Behavioral Health Program.
He completed his residency training at the University of Texas Medical School for General Psychiatry in 1989 and Washington University for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2011, and received his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1985.
He started his practice in general psychiatry and transitioned into child and adolescent psychiatry in 2011 after seeing a significant need in that population in underserved areas in rural Arkansas where he was practicing at the time.
Dr. Nelly Norrell is a board-certified psychiatric medicine physician with Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers.
Dr. Norrell serves as a psychiatric consultant to the behavioral health care managers and primary care providers in the hospital’s Integrated Behavioral Health Program.
She completed her residency training at the University of Virginia, and previously received her Doctor of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2007. She specializes in geriatric psychiatry and completed her fellowship in 2021.
Dr. Jennifer Thomas is a board-certified family physician with Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers. She serves as the Medical Director of the Morris Hospital Integrated Behavioral Health program.
Dr. Thomas completed her medical degree at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield in 2007 and finished her family medicine residency at Hinsdale Hospital in 2010. Dr. Thomas completed the 2018 University of California Irvine Train New Trainers Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship. She is board certified in family medicine and addiction medicine.
Dr. Thomas led implementation efforts in building a Collaborative Care program at Morris Hospital. Through Morris Hospital’s partnership with the University of Washington AIMS Center, Morris Hospital has participated in two of the AIMS Center’s research projects, the Maternal Infant Dyad–Implementation (MInD-I) Initiative and the CHAMP study, “Collaborating to Heal Addiction and Mental Health in Primary Care.”
Morris Hospital and Healthcare Centers has embraced innovative solutions to help meet the behavioral health needs of our patients. Thanks to the generous support of the Morris Hospital Auxiliary and Foundation, four Morris Hospital primary care providers received scholarship funding to participate in a primary care psychiatry fellowship. The University of California Irvine Train New Trainers Primary Care Psychiatry fellowship is a year-long clinical education program for primary care-oriented trainees and providers who wish to receive advanced training in primary care psychiatry.
The four providers receiving training include:
Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) is the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies in the treatment of opioid use disorders. Currently Morris Hospital has six providers certified to prescribe medication for opioid use disorder.
As part of this effort, Kathy Ulivi and Jennifer Thomas are participating in Carle Health’s Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Fellowship ECHO® Program. Funded by the Illinois Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (SUPR) Agency, this training opportunity aims to increase access to medication for opioid use disorder in Illinois, with a special focus on primary care providers in communities with limited access to MOUD.
If you or someone you know would like more information on Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) or other substance use disorder treatment options, please call 815-237-0413.
Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers is participating in a three-year clinical trial funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to study the effectiveness of using integrated care – the combination of primary and mental health care in one setting – to treat opioid use disorder (OUD). Opioids include both prescription painkillers as well as certain street drugs, such as heroin. The University of Washington’s AIMS Center is facilitating the study called Collaborating to Heal Opioid Addiction and Mental Health in Primary Care (CHAMP) as part of a $19 million effort to study opioid addiction. Morris Hospital will provide four of the 24 primary care clinics that are partnering with the AIMS Center.