Outpatient Behavioral Health Service
The department of Outpatient Behavioral Health Service (OBHS) fulfills a vital community need by providing a wide array of services to active duty, family members, and, when space allows, retirees, DOD civilians and contractors. The clinical services are offered by multi-disciplinary teams made up of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, social workers, and technicians.
Patients may self refer and call for an intake appointment. In cases of emergency or problems that cannot wait for an appointment, patients may come in on a walk-in basis. At that point, patients are triaged by level of emergency and then seen on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Other clinics can refer patients for evaluation and treatment through AHLTA consults.
- After-duty emergencies should go to the Emergency Room for care.
After a thorough assessment, and in consultation with the patient, providers will make a recommendation on a course of action. Treatments can last from a few sessions to meetings over the course of weeks and months, depending on the nature of the problem and the time available. In some cases, medication will be recommended in combination with individual or couples therapy.
OBHS offers confidential help and assistance.
- Psychiatrists: Medical Doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating problems of mood and thinking. They are licensed to practice medicine and are able to write prescriptions.
- Psychologists: Providers who have Doctoral degrees in the diagnosis and treatment of problems with mental health and human behavior. They are specially trained in assessment, psychotherapy and facilitating behavioral change.
- Neuropsychologists: Psychologists who specialize in testing and assessing a person's cognitive abilities, which includes memory, planning, problem-solving and intellectual capabilities. Neuropsychologists may be asked to evaluate for problems such as memory loss, ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and dementia (e.g. Alzheimer's).
- Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners: RNs who have additional, advanced training in diagnosing and managing problems of mood and thinking. PNPs are permitted to write prescriptions for psychiatric medications.
- LMFTs: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists are mental health providers with Master's Degrees who specialize in working to help solve problems between couples and in families. LMFTs may also provide individual psychotherapy.
- LCSWs: Licensed Clinical Social Workers are mental health providers with a Masters or Doctorate degree and are specially trained to provide a variety of types of psychotherapy.
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