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Our Vision

An integrated approach to recovery
We are a compassionate team, building a virtual and integrated center of care for teens and families.  Our mission is to increase access to care and to improve clinical outcomes. We are passionate about transforming adolescent care. 

Read about 5 fixable problems in the mental health care ecosystem here.

Our goals for mental health care

Accountability:
In mental health, we need to measure recovery outcomes just like how we measure recovery outcomes after a broken leg. Those outcomes then need to be shared. Mental health data will inform treatment protocols and be available and accessible to those who need to make decisions about their treatment.
Available Care:
Currently if someone is struggling with a mental illness, it takes over three months for them to receive appropriate care. People who struggle with a severe mental illness (such as addiction, bipolar, or schizophrenia) need have access to care immediately. We already know how to treat these illnesses with relative success. If given proper care, this can ensure that people with a severe mental illness will have a life expectancy on par with the average population.
Cost:
Mental health care should be reimbursed from public or private insurance on par with other forms of acute care.
Training:
Most therapists are not equipped to work with severe mental illness (bipolar, addiction or schizophrenia) - therapy training does not necessarily cover treating those populations.
Because therapists in the US are largely unequipped to work with mental illness, 40% of therapists will not work with clients who have a mental illness at all. 60% of therapy schools require no supervision training for therapies that are clinically proven to reduce symptoms such as CBT. Because of this lack of training, therapists are often burned out, centers have high turnover, and even when we have treatments that do work, the professionals in the field may not know how to enact them or even that they exist. We must increase the quality of training for therapists.
Improved Diagnostics:
Currently our diagnostic system is based on symptom tracking. For depression, you need 5 out of 9 symptoms. These means that two people who have depression may only share 1 symptom.
When diagnostics are based on symptoms, treatment protocol is organized around symptom relief. We need to identify a deeper cause to diagnose from. We do not have reliable diagnostic tools in psychology. This makes reliable treatment protocol nearly impossible to create. Imprecise diagnostics don’t allow for precise treatment. The DSM has kept scientists from establishing validity and reliability.

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