All clients initially meet with one of our psychiatrists to determine if they could benefit from medication management. Most clients make the decision that medications would help them, though all clients have the option of taking medication or not. Medications are prescribed to address the symptoms expressed by the client and observed by the doctor. Follow-up visits are scheduled, often every four weeks, so the doctor can determine how well the medication is working and whether or not there are any troubling side effects. The doctor works alongside one of our nurses, who also checks for physical conditions. The nurse often makes referrals to the client’s primary care provider and follows up to make sure that the client’s health is optimal. When needed, the Community Support Specialist assists the client in filling prescriptions.
When medications are being properly managed, the client’s symptoms are controlled with the fewest number of medications and on the lowest possible dose. The client can assist greatly in this process by taking medications in the prescribed dose and at the designated time. Another way clients succeed in managing their symptoms is to keep all scheduled appointments with their doctors.