We offer behavioral health services when and where you need them
Studies show that over the course of a lifetime, there is a 50 percent likelihood that an American will have a diagnosable mental health condition at some point in time.
Most of these individuals don’t ask for help, and symptoms often get better without formal treatment. However, for millions of people, mental health conditions do cause significant problems in their lives, such as depression, anxiety or substance abuse. Still, they do not ask for help.
By seeking mental health treatment, people may feel they will be “labeled” as incompetent or deficient in some way. Other reasons for not seeking help usually involve finances or lack of time.
To help break down some of the barriers to mental health treatment for people living in today’s fast-paced world, El Camino Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services has tailored a series of outpatient mental health programs that are at convenient times, including evening hours; offer insurance eligibility; and are affordable. “We want people to get the treatment they need and still be able to go on with other parts of their lives,” says Program Director Michael Fitzgerald.
The new evening addiction program is an example. “The vast majority of drug and alcohol abusers are employed or in school, according to government data,” Fitzgerald says. “They simply can’t afford time off. In designing this program, we’re doing everything possible to remove obstacles to successful treatment.”
More Programs at El Camino Hospital
Available at both campuses unless otherwise noted.
Partial Hospitalization/Intensive Outpatient Services (Adult): This daytime program offers therapy, both individual and in supportive groups, for adults who are struggling with mental health concerns that affect their ability to succeed. Mountain View only.
ASPIRE (After School Program Interventions and Resiliency Education): An intensive eight-week program (3–6 p.m.) for youth ages 13 to 18 who are experiencing anxiety, depression or other symptoms significant enough to carry a risk of self-destructive behaviors.
Older Adult Transition Services (OATS): Outpatient program for older adults who suffer acute mental health symptoms such as depression, anxiety, mood changes or panic.
Maternal Outreach Mood Services Program: A program for women who are overwhelmed by the emotional and psychological changes brought on by pregnancy and childbirth. Mountain View only.
Patients can self-refer to all of El Camino Hospital’s outpatient programs or be referred by their families, employers, health care providers or by other means. All programs are covered by most insurances, including Medicare. For more information, visit www.elcaminohospital.org/bhs or call 650-988-7700.