Outpatient programs offer individual, group options

Jay FitzOur Town Health

Peninsula, a division of Parkwest Medical Center, is here to help those looking to improve their health in the new year. Peninsula offers care for all ages and has a variety of helpful outpatient services. With outpatient locations in Knoxville and Sevierville, as well as Blount and Loudon counties, several programs are available to the public:

Mary Nelle Osborne, EdD, MA, ATR, is manager of recovery services, Peninsula

Care Coordination – This program connects patients with providers for their healthcare needs and with community resources for needs such as housing, transportation and food.

Individual, Family and Group Therapy – Individual therapy provides one-on-one sessions with a clinical therapist to identify and address specific mental health challenges. Group therapy consists of people with similar problems and challenges who work together in a supportive environment. Family therapy aims to identify and address stressors that challenge family relationships.

No-cost Services – Community members have the ability to use a number of services at no charge:

  • Independent Living Program – Provides emergency financial assistance to persons diagnosed with a mental illness.
  • Peer Support Academies – Peer Support Centers in Blount, Knox and Sevier counties offer support for hundreds of individuals. Adults 18+ with a mental illness are eligible to participate.
  • Recovery Link – Bridges the gap between addiction and recovery by connecting people who suffer from addiction to treatment programs.
  • Support Groups – Peninsula offers 13 types of support groups with regular meetings. These range from suicide survivors to groups dealing with depression and anxiety, and family support to managing relationships. For the full list, click here.
  • Women in Treatment – For uninsured women age 18-64 who suffer from addiction. Primary placement is for those who are pregnant and abusing substances.
  • Outpatient Pharmacy – A pharmacy for all types of prescriptions, not just psychiatric medications.
  • Psychiatric Evaluation and Medication Management
    Peninsula Outpatient Centers offer services provided by a psychiatrist or a psychiatric nurse practitioner to evaluate an individual’s need for psychiatric medications. We also provide ongoing monitoring of the effectiveness of these medications.
  • Recovery Education Center (Psycho-social Rehabilitation Programs) – This is an educational program that focuses on preparing for success toward life goals through a variety of topics. The goal is to help individuals – develop key recovery concepts for mental health and/or addiction, develop social functioning, and discover a sense of well-being in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Substance Abuse Services – For those struggling with substance abuse, treatment is available through an intensive outpatient program, Recovery Link and Women in Treatment.

Peninsula also offers inpatient services for both adults and adolescents. A team approach using psychiatrists, nurses, counselors and discharge planners ensures individualized treatment plans and interventions for people in crisis. To find a program that’s right for your mental and behavioral health needs, call 865-970-9800 or visit PeninsulaBehavioralHealth.org/Services.

Information provided by marketing department of Covenant Health.

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