Pediatricians Bring Mental Health Counselors Into the Doctor’s Office

Independent Health is working with eight primary care offices to place licensed mental health counselors on site for two years. The counselors assess and treat patients, as well as intervene in crises. Independent Health is part of a growing movement in Buffalo and around the country to bring mental health services into medical doctors’ offices. Judith A. Feld, M.D., medical director of behavioral health and health care delivery innovation at Independent is hopeful the program will pay for itself by being so efficient.