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Behavioral Health

Integrated LGBTQ Behavioral Healthcare Services

Need to talk? Has there been a significant event in your life, such as a loss of a loved one or a break-up? Need to work through your feelings of depression, anxiety, or deal with substance misuse or addiction?

As a current patient receiving medical care at PHNTX, you have access to behavioral healthcare services. The behavioral healthcare team is made up of counselors and specialists in psychiatry who work as part of your HIV medical team.

The team strives to provide care, services, and support with acceptance, helping people to face challenges without shame and promoting wellness through the strengthening of mind and body.

The integrated behavioral health team recognizes that a “one size fits all” model is not effective in addressing treatment and support for mental health and/or substance misuse concerns. As a patient, you have access to a variety of services tailored to meet your individual needs.

Services include:

  • Mental health and substance misuse assessment
  • Individual, group, and walk-in counseling
  • Psychiatric medication evaluation and ongoing medication management
  • Linkage to substance misuse treatment
  • Recovery support services
  • Crisis management
  • Care coordination

Importance of Mental Health

According to the World Health Organization, mental health is an integral and essential component of health. Mental health is vital in one’s life because it affects an individual’s thought process, emotions, and behaviors. It is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to contribute to his or her community. Multiple social, psychological, and biological factors determine the level of mental health of a person at any point in time.

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LGBTQ Telehealth & Telepsychiatry

The Behavioral Health Program is currently on a month’s wait for counseling services and prioritizing patients with the highest acuity. To assist with population management, the team has begun to utilize telehealth to support the following psychotherapy and psychoeducation groups:

  • CBT for anxiety group
  • Transgender support group
  • Substance use and recovery support group

Additionally, the program has three bilingual staff members to support the behavioral health needs of monolingual Spanish only speaking patients. The behavioral health program supports its team members with adequate mental health support to avoid burnout to be able to maintain a work/life balance that contributes to patient quality care.

Accessing PHNTX LGBTQ Behavioral Healthcare

Behavioral healthcare services are provided only for current PHNTX patients who are receiving medical care for HIV or PrEP treatment. If you are a current PHNTX patient and would like to access behavioral healthcare services or need more information, contact your PHNTX case manager, medical provider, or health center behavioral health counselor.

If you are interested in becoming a PHNTX patient with access to our behavioral healthcare services, please contact the clinic nearest you!

  • Oak Cliff Health Center – 972-807-7370
  • Oak Lawn Health Center – 469-687-3200
  • South Dallas Health Center – 214-421-7848
  • Worth Street Health Center – 214-623-6830