Integrated Behavioral Health

Launched in February 2019, the Morris Hospital Integrated Behavioral Health program has been working to address a growing need for behavioral health resources within the primary care setting.

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 health care manager 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:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • 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.

CHANNAHON

Morris Hospital Ridge Road Campus
27240 W. Saxony Dr., Suite 202
Channahon, IL 60410
Phone: 815.467.1518
Providers: Dr. Faiz Rahman, Dr. Lawton Moy, Dr. Scott Ciechna, Sherri Davis

GARDNER

Gardner Healthcare Center of Morris Hospital
409 N. Route 53
Gardner, IL 60424
Phone: 815.237.0413
Providers: Dr. Jennifer Thomas*, Kathy Ulivi, F.N.P.

MINOOKA

Minooka Healthcare Center of Morris Hospital
603 W. Mondamin St.
Minooka, IL 60447
Phone: 815.521.1010
Providers: Dr. Hassnain Syed, Angela Todd, F.N.P.

MORRIS

Morris Healthcare Center of Morris Hospital
1300 W. Dresden Drive
Morris, IL 60450
Phone: 815.942.5200
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
Phone: 815.941.0441
Providers: Dr. Andrea Chen, Dr. Mary Fitzgibbon, Dr. Erik Muraskas, Dr. Victoria Ochoa, Dr. Douglas Toussaint, Dr. Leticia Setrini-Best

OTTAWA

Morris Hospital Ottawa Campus
1306 Gemini Circle, Suite 1
Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: 815.433.9200
Providers: Dr. Hassnain Syed, Angela Todd, F.N.P.

DIRECTOR OF INTEGRATED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

JENNIFER THOMAS, M.D.

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.

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.”

Dr. Thomas sees patients at the Braidwood Healthcare Center of Morris Hospital and the Gardner Healthcare Center of Morris Hospital.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE MANAGERS

The Behavioral Health Care Manager works closely with you and the primary care provider (PCP) to implement a treatment plan. The Behavioral Health Care Manager 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 Health Care Manager work together with you if a change in your treatment is needed. The Behavioral Health Care Manager 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, LCSW

Amanda Comer is a License 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 Healthcare 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.

KIMBERLY FOSTER, LCSW

Kimberly Foster is a License Clinical Social Worker who serves as the behavioral health care manager for the Morris Healthcare Center -Dresden Drive.

Kimberly has been employed at Morris Hospital as a Behavioral Healthcare Manger since October 2019

Kimberly obtained her bachelor’s degree in Social Work through Lewis University in Romeoville and obtained her Master of Social Work degree focused in Mental Health from Loyola University in Chicago. Kimberly has a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and healthcare industry with experience in case management, inpatient care and individual therapy.

Kimberly is passionate about offering holistic healthcare and finds that collaborative care counseling offers the patient the ability to have a dedicated treatment team available in one centralized location. This promotes the patients ability to feel that all providers in their healthcare team communicate and strive to obtain the patients treatment goal.

DAWN HARRIS, LCSW

Dawn Harris is a License Clinical Social Worker who serves as the care manager for the Minooka Healthcare Center – Mondamin Street and Morris Hospital Ottawa Campus.

Dawn has been employed at Morris Hospital as a Behavioral Healthcare Manager 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, LCPC

Sheryl Janz is a License Clinical Professional Counselor who serves as the care manager for the Minooka Healthcare Center at the Morris Hospital Ridge Road Campus.

Sheryl has been employed at Morris Hospital as a Behavioral Healthcare Manager 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.

JENNIFER REED, LCPC

Jennifer Reed is a License Clinical Professional Counselor who serves as the care manager for the Gardner Healthcare Center, Morris Healthcare Center -Dresden Drive and the Minooka Healthcare Center at the Morris Hospital Ridge Road Campus.

Jennifer obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Indianapolis and her master’s degree from Lewis University.  As a LCPC, Jennifer works with individuals of all ages, specializing in children and adolescents.

Jennifer believes that being a part of a collaborative effort to provide the highest service for the patient is most rewarding for her and individuals.  She knows patients taking the first step in self-care is the most difficult, but she is dedicated to walking alongside individuals through their healing journey within the Integrated Health Care Program at Morris Hospital.

KRISTINE SMITH, LCSW

Kristine Smith is a License Clinical Social Worker who serves as the care manager for the Gardner Healthcare Center.

Kristine has been employed as a Behavioral Healthcare Coordinator at the Gardner Healthcare Center since December 2018. She has a master’s degree from University of St. Francis and has 7 years of experience with adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population. She is passionate about the collaborative care program and believes it to be a very effective and innovative model.

Kristine describes herself as a therapist who is also a realist. She works with clients to come up with solutions to what they are going through based on what is best for that individual. Kristine believes in client-centered care and focusing on what is important and relevant to that person.

In sessions, she tries to focus on one topic at a time until she and the client can come up with a plan. She allows clients to lead the sessions, but if they are struggling, then she is able to help guide them.

Kristine makes sure patients know they are working together as a team and will get through the struggles.

PSYCHIATRISTS

The Psychiatric Consultant is an expert consultant to the PCP and the CM. 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 CM meets and consults regularly with the Psychiatric Consultant to talk about the progress of patients in the program and to think about treatment options.

NELLY NORRELL, MD, PSYCHIATRY

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.

OTHER RESOURCES

MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) 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-assisted treatment.

CHAMP STUDY

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. 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.

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