What is Behavioral Health?
Behavioral health is the study of biology, behavior, and emotions and how these things relate to a person’s mental well-being and ability to function in daily life. A person struggling with behavioral health may suffer from depression, anxiety, addiction, grief, mood disorders, or other psychological issues. Lynn Community Health Center’s experienced staff can help manage behavioral health concerns with treatments such as therapy, counseling, and/or medication.
What to expect
Every patient will have a systems review and relevant psychological and social assessment. The behavioral health provider will develop a treatment plan and revisit it regularly, to provide clear-cut, individualized objectives to guide the choice of therapies.
Lynn Community Health Center applies conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current evidence-based decisions to support the patient care process. Guidelines are researched by our providers and implemented into the care provided to our patients on an individual basis. Providers integrate their clinical expertise, while acknowledging the patient’s personal preferences and unique concerns, expectations, and values, to provide the patient with the opportunity for optimal clinical outcomes and quality of life.
Bilingual and Bicultural Services
Lynn Community Health Center has 80 licensed behavioral health specialists, including psychiatric nurse clinical specialists, psychologists, mental health counselors, psychiatrists, and social workers. Our providers reflect the diversity of our community and speak many languages, including Spanish, Khmer, Portuguese, Russian, and Arabic.
Integrated Care Services
Lynn Community Health Center has placed special emphasis on the coordination of primary care and behavioral health services for those who need them. If you are a primary care patient at Lynn Community Health Center, you can request behavioral health services through your primary care physician or nurse. He or she will introduce you to someone who can help you. You do not have to go to a different place or call a different phone number to make an appointment. You can receive both your medical and behavioral health care in one location.
In 2016, LCHC became one of the first organizations to receive PCMH PRIME Certification, a joint program by the National Committee of Quality Assurance and Massachusetts Health Policy Commission to recognize practices that reach the highest criteria for integrating behavioral health into primary care.
Everyone is welcome at Lynn Community Health Center. We accept most forms of public and private health insurance. If you do not have insurance, we have staff who can help you determine if you qualify for assistance, and help you enroll in the program that best fits your needs. You will never be turned away because of inability to pay.
Behavioral Health Services
Individual therapy and/or medication management is offered at all our locations. These individualized face-to-face services are available to all ages, including both children and adults.
A special family counseling care program is held regularly to help clients express their feelings in a neutral and safe environment. The program engages with clients on an individual, couple, or family-based level to help with communication needs.
Group therapy brings together individuals with similar diagnoses in supportive groups led by qualified clinicians. Groups are conducted in several languages, including Khmer and Spanish. Topics include anxiety and depression, cancer recovery, anger management, pain and medication management, relapse prevention and recovery, and parenting groups. Lynn Community Health Center also has weekly walking groups.
Medication-Assisted Treatment for Substance Use Disorders
If you are struggling with opiate addiction, Suboxone treatment, as well as other medication-assisted treatments, may assist you through the process of recovery. To participate in our medication-assisted treatment programs, you must be under the care of a Lynn Community Health Center physician.
Refugee Trauma Services
Lynn Community Health Center is the Massachusetts Refugee Health Assessment Program for the North Shore. We have bilingual, bicultural clinicians to address the complex behavioral health needs of refugees.
School Based Health Centers
Your child learns best when he or she is physically and emotionally healthy. We provide on-site behavioral health care in 15 public schools in Lynn. Any student enrolled in the school is eligible for services, which include therapeutic groups (i.e., anti-bullying, social skills, and self-esteem groups), crisis intervention, medical evaluations, and referrals for neuropsychological testing.
Are you worried about your mental health?
For general information contact 781-477-7222 or click on one of the locations below.