Elizabeth Urquhart Speaks About Treatment for Girls at San Diego’s Health Integration Summit

Friday, October 5th, 2012
Phoenix House San Diego Senior Director Elizabeth Urquhart teaches class in Descanso, CA

Phoenix House San Diego Senior Director Elizabeth Urquhart teaches class in Descanso, CA

Elizabeth Urquhart, Senior Director of Phoenix House San Diego was invited to speak on the panel discussing the behavioral health needs of young girls in San Diego during the Third Annual Primary Care & Behavioral Health Integration Summit held on September 12th, 2012.

When asked what Phoenix House San Diego has done to help young female clients with behavioral health needs, Director Urquhart responded, “We have trained staff – and are continuing to do so – in evidence-based practices, so that the counseling programs provided are as effective as possible.  We have implemented electronic health record across all our programs in the nation, allowing us to track the quality of client records and report on important trends.  We have a comprehensive Quality Assurance program that continually works to improve services to clients, families and to those who refer to us.  We have added educational, physical, mental health and psychiatric services on-site, making it much more convenient for clients and their families to access what they need to make the most of their treatment experience.  Lastly, we provide case management and follow-up services in order to help girls and their families transition to services within their communities – this is often the most crucial component, since families will need to continue focusing on recovery and will require local support to do this.”

Students practice self-care through gardening at Phoenix House Academy of San Diego

Students practice self-care through gardening at Phoenix House Academy of San Diego

Ms. Urquhart participated in one of two panel discussions with behavioral health experts and clinicians. Over the course of the afternoon, the Third Annual Primary Care & Behavioral Health Integration Summit highlighted four topics:  Prescription Drug & Pain Medicine Abuse in San Diego; Behavioral Health Needs of Young Girls in San Diego; Peer Support & Family Engagement Services in San Diego; and San Diego Integration Partnerships in Action.  The Summitwas held at Jacobs Center in San Diego, CA. It was presented by the San Diego Integration Institute in conjunction with the Community Clinics Health Network and funded by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.  The event brought together government agency representatives with health care and behavioral health community partners from across San Diego County.

Providing residential treatment, Phoenix House Academy of San Diego, located in beautiful Descanso, CA, offers a strength-based treatment continuum for teens (12-17) with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health problems. Since 1987, the Academy has been one of the most successful programs for integrated youth and family treatment in San Diego County, and the San Diego County Office of Education maintains a fully accredited high school on site.  Phoenix House San Diego also provides outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment services at the Teen Recovery Center in Carlsbad, CA.  All Phoenix House San Diego residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment services are fully accredited by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs; the California Alliance of Child and Family Services; and by CARF – the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

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