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Changing the Face of Mental Health and Addiction in Austin

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Formed as a collaboration between nurse practitioners and psychiatric physicians, Dripping Springs Healthcare (DSHC) in the Texas Hill Country is an interdisciplinary holistic psychiatry practice with a model that blends its form of nursing care with medical science, making a lasting impact on mental health care and addiction treatment services. Opening its doors on September 20 after a short construction delay, DSHC believes in a strength-based and systems-oriented approach to health and wellness.

Holistic and Compassionate Care

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Recognizing that life stress and illness seldom result from a single factor, and subsequently that positive change is not the result of a single treatment, DSHC believes that lifestyle, diet, exercise, stress tolerance, thought patterns and the capacity for mindfulness coupled with medical interventions can all interconnect to play significant roles in mental, physical, and spiritual health.

Raising Awareness

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Founder and owner, David Walsh (a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner), and medical director, Dr. Carlos Tirado (a board-certified general and addiction psychiatrist), work to raise awareness in the community, provide educational lectures for Leadership Dripping Springs (a consortium of business and community leaders with the goal of smart and sustainable growth for the area), and real-world insight into the nature of addiction and compassionate treatment.

Meeting a Real and Present Need

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In response to the population boom in the area, and the resulting need for effective support services such as medical and mental health care, Dripping Springs Healthcare was previously featured by TexasHillCountry.com in May of this year announcing the grand opening of its outpatient psychiatric services on July 5 and welcoming new patients to its satellite offices in Austin. The story (featured at the following link: http://texashillcountry.com/mental-health-care-set-expand-hays-county/) recognized that Hays County (located to the immediate southwest of the city of Austin) is designated a “medically underserved area with a shortage of providers for the growing population.”

Supporting Wrap-Around Services

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Coming in October, DSHC will sponsor the Hays County Bench Bar Conference, which is designed to provide education and resource information for county attorneys with clients in need of mental health or addiction assistance, subsequently providing a full spectrum of research-backed support services and experiences in the treatment of such issues in a holistic as well as empathetic fashion.

Naloxone/Narcan Treatment

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Of note (featured on NPR and in the September issue of “Texas Medicine” magazine) has been Dr. Tirado’s statewide standing order allowing for the distribution of naloxone (aka Narcan), which is used in the treatment of opioid overdose. This order, requested by the Texas Pharmacy Association (TPA), allows anyone (after a one-hour training course) to obtain and administer the drug outside a medical setting without a prescription. Texas had 2,601 drug overdose deaths in 2014, according to CDC data, and almost 2 million Americans were identified as having abused or having been dependent on prescription opioids that same year. Passionate in their mission of treatment for this crisis, the prescribers at DSHC do their utmost in service-provision to address these circumstances in the Austin area.

One Step at a Time

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“We are in the midst of a national epidemic of opioid abuse. Awareness of this epidemic is no longer confined to our private offices and rehab programs. We see it on television, on social media and in our national election,” says Dr. Tirado. David Walsh adds, “By educating the community on mental health and addiction we are attempting to remove the stigma of addiction and mental illness. Education and early treatment lead to lasting changes that spread within our community and hopefully grow beyond.” DSHC has immediate openings available at their office, and their practitioners are available for a limited number of educational presentations for both city and government organizations, as well as universities and corporations. For more details, please contact David Walsh at (512) 853-0777.

Sources:

Dripping Spring Healthcare Press Release

TexasHillCountry.com