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January 15, 2014

New mental health program for University employees debuts

Behavioral Health Partners will serve those on University health care plans

Behavioral Health Partners (BHP), a new mental health resource for the University community, opened its doors to patients this month.

BHP’s mission is to provide high-quality, personalized, accessible, and affordable mental health care for regular full- and part-time faculty and staff, age 18 and older, as well as non–Medicare eligible retirees, enrolled in a University health care plan. Spouses or domestic partners and dependents, age 18 and older, who are enrolled in a University health care plan may also be eligible.

A multidisciplinary approach

BHP offers counseling and therapy as well as pharmacotherapy services and consultation related to stress, depression, and anxiety. The practice’s staff includes psychologists, social workers, counselors, psychiatrists, and a psychiatric nurse practitioner who work together to provide comprehensive care.

“We have a multidisciplinary team. They will work closely with each other and collaborate closely with primary care physicians,” says Nancy Talbot, associate professor of psychiatry and psychology and director of BHP. “We really want to think in terms of the whole person and understanding emotional concerns or mental health issues within the context of the person’s physical health and social health and well-being.”

Removing financial barriers

There is no out-of-pocket cost for BHP’s services for those covered by the University’s copay, high-deductible, or low-deductible plans. For employees and dependents covered by the University’s HSA-eligible plan, services received through BHP are subject to the annual deductible and are provided at no out-of-pocket cost after the annual deductible is met.

Locations, hours, and appointments

BHP is located in Suite G-8122 in the Medical Center. A second location at 315 Science Parkway is scheduled to open later this year.
Hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

To make an appointment, call 276-6900 and have your health insurance information available. No referral is necessary. Learn more at www.bhp.urmc.edu.

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