New Grant Aimed at Addressing Mental Health in the Texas Panhandle through Primary Care Physicians.
A new initiative from the Amarillo Area Foundation in partnership with Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute will help mental health access to Texas Panhandle residents through integrated care, or care in collaboration with their primary care physician.
The program will be delivered utilizing existing entities, Coalition of Health Services, BSA Healthcare System, and Family Medicine Centers. An estimated 80% of adults in the Texas Panhandle with mental health concerns can have their needs met through integrated care in the primary care setting.
This initiative will have a single goal: to free people from depression. Barriers standing in the way of this goal include failure to identify and treat depression early, access to treatment, and public perceptions about both treatment efficacy and stigma more broadly. The Initiative focuses on removing these barriers through the combined effort of health systems and the community more broadly.