Medications play a critical role in the treatment of various mental health issues. The right medication can reduce or eliminate symptoms and significantly improve a patient’s quality of life.
Medication management is a level of outpatient treatment that involves the initial evaluation of the patient’s need for psychotropic medications, the provision of a prescription, and ongoing medical monitoring related to the patient’s use of the psychotropic medication by a qualified physician/prescriber. Medication management includes monitoring, reconciling medications, and ensuring patients get the desired outcomes. It requires a thorough review of prescribed drugs and their possible side effects to create treatment plans and monitor their safety and efficacy.
Patients Who Struggle With Understanding Their Regimen’s Effects
There are several factors a patient might not understand about his or her prescribed meds, including reactions to other medications, side effects, and other problems that can affect recovery. In many instances, a healthcare provider must thoroughly address these issues, which they can do with a medication management plan.
Patients need to understand their medicines’ purpose, safety, and effectiveness, as well as potential risks from mixing meds with food or supplements. Understanding why they need to take certain drugs and in specific ways can also encourage them to take a more active role in managing their meds and their overall mental health.
- Medical evaluation
- Medication monitoring routinely and as needed
- Client education pertaining to the medication to support the individual in making an informed decision for its use.
A full treatment plan (including medications where indicated, psychotherapy, and other relevant social/environmental adjustments) will be recommended at the end of the initial evaluation. We would set up follow up appointments, as needed based on condition(s) of the child. Please note that the child’s legal guardian, or other person authorized to make psychiatric medication decisions for the patient needs to be present at time of appointment(s).