CALABASAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aligned Telehealth, one of the nation’s leading behavioral healthcare solutions providers, announced today it has begun active implementation of a partnership agreement with Behavioral Health Connections, Inc. (BHC), headquartered in Dallas, Texas.
BHC provides psychiatric mobile/tele assessment, crisis intervention and care management services for Texas residents in psychiatric crises. Aligned Telehealth will expand BHC’s existing services, adding traditional, on-demand, ambulatory and consultative telepsychiatry 24/7/365, including customized software solutions. The partnership expands Aligned’s presence and provider panel throughout the state of Texas.
BHC operates two centralized call centers, located in the Dallas/Fort Worth MetroPlex and Houston, dispatching more than 150 licensed clinicians to over 237 regional hospitals, urgent care and emergency centers throughout the state. Many of these hospitals have no psychiatric capacity and would be unable to care for patients in psychiatric emergency without BHC’s crisis teams. Earlier this month, BHC’s clinicians began accessing coordinated telepsychiatric care from board-certified psychiatrists in any hospital or care facility they serve, any time of day, in less than one hour.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS), BHC has access to UHS’s more than 350 facilities, including acute hospitals, psychiatric facilities and ambulatory surgery centers across the United States, United Kingdom and Puerto Rico. UHS, a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest U.S. healthcare companies, with behavioral health facilities in 37 states, caring for more than 600,000 patients each year.
Dwight Lacy, Group Director/CEO of Millwood Hospital in Arlington, Texas, said, “We partnered with Aligned Telehealth after evaluating a number of companies to add telepsychiatry solutions and providers to BHC’s successful core of mobile/tele assessment services. Our goal is to expand the BHC model across the state of Texas, and the entire country.”
The primary goal of the partnership between Aligned and BHC is ensuring that psychiatric physicians and crisis response clinicians can actively and rapidly collaborate to determine where a patient wishes to receive care and to develop and implement a care transition plan to initiate care as soon as possible.
Terri Haskett, Executive Director of BHC, said, “Numerous studies and articles have addressed the cost and impact of psychiatric patients on ill-equipped general hospital emergency departments. BHC’s services have provided the on-site and regional crisis management services to help patients get where they need to go for ongoing care, and now we can begin care almost immediately by accessing a psychiatrist any time, day or night.
“It is not only our goal to help patients rapidly access care, but also to ensure they access the right care, including our comprehensive programs for children, adolescents, adults and seniors. It also includes our specialty programs for patients with depression, anxiety, psychotic diagnoses, bipolar disorders, post-traumatic stress, trauma, substance use, autism, eating disorders, or even those in need of neurorehabilitation programs, Patriot Support Programs for military personnel, and specialty women’s programs,” Haskett added.
Nitin Nanda, M.D., founder, Chairman and CEO of Aligned Telehealth, said, “We are honored to have been chosen by BHC, and we look forward to this partnership. Aligned’s physicians often provide services in environments where a telepsychiatric consult is the only specialized behavioral health care a patient may receive. The opportunity to collaborate with BHC to provide truly comprehensive crisis intervention is not only innovative, but will undoubtedly provide patients the best possible outcomes in the least possible time.”
About Aligned Telehealth
Aligned Telehealth, Inc. provides on-site and telemedicine, consultative and technology-based behavioral health solutions to hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient clinics, and correctional programs.
For more information about Aligned Telehealth, please visit https://www.alignedth.com/
For more information about Behavioral Health Connections, please visit https://bhconnections.org/services/
For more information about Universal Health Services, please visit https://www.uhsinc.com/