• Robert L. Jamison,CRA, PhD

    BEHAVIORAL HEALTH DIRECTOR IN ASSOCIATION WITH PSYCHOLOGY ASSOCIATE

    WHEN THE BATTLE DOESN'T "END" HOPE DOESN'T HAVE TO "DIE" CALL ALTERNATIVE HEALTHCARE LA ABOUT YOUR PTSD OR DEPRESSION SYMPTOMS WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU AND "PREVENT SUICIDE"

     

    Alternative Healthcare LA is here to support our community as we respond to COVID-19. Please contact us via chat or at rljamisonphd@doctor.com to schedule your appointment for your Behavioral Health Assessment or if you need additional Mental Health services during this time. AHC continues to serve its’ clients as an essential service provider and has implemented the following best practices and safeguards, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (DPH) to protect against the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.​

     

    Alternative Healthcare LA Behavioral Health Director Robert L. Jamison, CRA, PhD a Dedicated Healthcare Professional with 20 year background as a former Fellowship trained Physician Assistant in General, Cardiovascular, Neurology & Plastic surgery. For the past eight years he's been working as a Behavioral Health Consultant along side Dr. Steve Lower Ph.D. a board certified Psychologist and Staff at Psychology Associate. Dr. Jamison oversees our Behavioral Health Assessments (BHA) Program

    One of the main concerns at Alternative Healthcare is the mental health of our clients in Los Angeles. If you have been hurt at work, or if you have developed a condition or disease that affects your daily life, there are disability-related resources that may help you. Many of these require a disability evaluation by an accredited Physician. The anxiety, fear, frustration, and trauma that one encounter is horrific. Yet little has been done to help them confront the challenges they face, leaving them vulnerable and in need of help is not an option. Most workers are mentally and emotionally drained and the consequence are severe. Historically, there has been more of a reactive response to these issues instead of proactive. Our Medical Network Providers in Los Angeles can provide you with the medical examination as well as pairing you with other medical professionals, as necessary.

    In 2012, Robert L. Jamison, Ph.D. A 32 years healthcare professional created a company called Alternative Healthcare LA. A Behavioral Health Clinic in association with Psychology Associate, PA. It was established to assist practices in remote locations with their medical and psychiatric needs. One of their available tools is a Behavioral Health Assessment (BHA). This assessment helps identify: Trauma (PTSD), Depression, Anxiety, Suicide, Substance Abuse, and Bipolar disorder and tracks the individuals progress over time. The test is secure, HIPAA compliant, and takes about ten minutes to complete. The results are provided to the individual and the appropriate management team for evaluation to take the next steps to get you the professional assistance they require. The unique aspect of this BHA program is we will provide you with your own personal report including a Patient Care Plan at the time your findings are determined. The only thing you need to get started is a one-time $55 Administrative fee to identify that there is a problem.

     

    AHC Behavioral Health Assessments are scheduled by Appointment Only. If you’ve been hurt at work, or if you’ve developed a condition or disease that affects your daily life, there are disability-related resources that may help you. Many of these require a disability evaluation by an accredited Physician. Dr. Robert Jamison and the healthcare professionals at Alternative Healthcare LA, with offices on Washington Blvd and Vernon Ave in Los Angeles, can provide you with referrals for the medical examination as well as pairing you with other medical professionals as necessary. Book an appointment online, or call one of the offices today. It may be that you may require unemployment benefits and this recommendation will be made if you are determined to not be disabled.

     

    Our objectives are to determine if there are any life-threatening conditions demanding immediate treatment and if returning to work is safe for you and for your co-workers. We understand that job stress can lead to severe anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. We have specialists and strategic partners locally and out-of-area to assist with your recovery. There are jobs with exceedingly high physical demands which may trigger or precipitate back pain, neck strain, and joint dysfunction. We work with Providers that offer treatment at discounted rates for patients without health insurance and have limited incomes.

    What is a disability examination?
     

    When you’ve suffered an injury or impairment for which some level of benefits are available, that disability or impairment is often confirmed by a Physician. The benefits could be paid by the government, such as for Social Security or workers’ compensation, or through private insurance, so there’s usually an investigative process for which a disability exam is a key component.

    A disability examination may not end with your physician’s evaluation, however. often other specialists are involved. For example, if you’ve suffered a work-related injury, an occupational medicine specialist or occupational therapist’s assessment may be requested to determine how your injuries interfere with your work and what accommodations are needed if you are to return to work. Allied Health Solutions works with many other specialists in the Los Angeles area, so referrals are easy and, in some cases, close to one of the Alternative Healthcare LA locations.


    What can I expect during a disability medical exam?

    The individual requirements for a disability examination typically vary with the type of injury you’ve suffered as well as the agency requesting the exam. Specific tests and follow-ups may be requested in each case.

    As your BHC, our providers begin with recording your chief complaint, history and performing a Behavioral Health Assessment and developing an assessment and treatment plan, including referrals.

    Alternative Healthcare LA may connect you with therapists or with specialists as needed in consideration of your diagnosis, such as seeing a psychiatrist or psychotherapist if you’re experiencing job stress. We may also refer you to an Orthopedist, Rheumatologist or Pain Management Specialist depending upon the medical issues. Primarily, our goal is to get you back to work as soon as possible. We understand that it is potentially more damaging to be off of work. A lack of employment will result in severe financial hardships and could have a psychological impact. For job stress, a Psychotherapist would focus on the development of effective coping mechanisms. The requirements for the examining physician may change from case-to-case as well. For example, if Dr. Gill, M.D. is your Primary Care Physician, some agencies may request their own contracted doctor or an impartial third-party doctor. However, in many cases, using your Primary Care Physician is acceptable.

    Additional Information:

    The State Employment Development Department (EDD) manages the Unemployment Insurance (UI) and State Disability Insurance (SDI) programs for the State of California. SDI also includes Disability Insurance (DI), Paid Family Leave (PFL) and Family Care Leave (FCL). Our (SDI) Physician is adept at handling FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) documents and processing. He could also assist you with filing a Workers Compensation Claim or file for Unemployment if you do not qualify for/or have a need for State Disability benefits.

    If you do not have health insurance, our staff could direct you to resources to apply for health insurance. With having health insurance, the road to recovery becomes less arduous and we are better able to expedite your recovery so you could eventually return to work. In the last 30 days, an estimated 3.5% of Americans have suffered psychological distress, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This results in more than 61 million visits to doctors’ offices annually. Clearly, behavioral health providers such as Dr. Jamison and the healthcare professionals at Alternative Healthcare LA, play a key role in mental health care.

    Mental Health Q&A What are common mental health problems?

    Mental illness comes in many forms, on their own, in combination, or resulting as a complication from another disorder. Often, similar mental issues are classed together in groups of like disorders. Some of the most common mental illnesses are discussed here. Affective disorders create changes in your moods, such as seasonal affective disorder, thought to be caused by lack of sunlight during the winter season. Depression and bipolar disorder also fall into this category.

    Anxiety disorders usually produce reactions of fear or dread, panic episodes, and physical symptoms such as sweating, shallow respiration, and rapid heartbeat, which are out of proportion with the trigger situation. Your response may also be out of your control, and it may interfere with normal function in your life.

    Post-traumatic stress disorder typically follows experiencing or witnessing a major traumatic event. This may be due to assault, accident, or natural disaster, and it can include long-lasting responses, thoughts, dreams, and memories. Personality disorders often cause issues with daily life, at home, school, or work. Your patterns of thinking may be substantially different than those of normal society, as well as rigid and inflexible. Examples include obsessive-compulsive disorder, antisocial personality disorder, and paranoid personality disorder.

    How are common mental illnesses treated?

    Treatment of mental illness frequently depends on the type of disorder you have. A mental illness may have medical, psychiatric, and social aspects, and treatments may vary even among patients of similar diagnoses. Medical treatments don’t cure mental illness, but they may lessen the severity of symptoms. Some medications may make psychotherapy treatment more effective. Commonly used medication classes include:

    Anti-anxiety medications: reduce agitation and panic associated with anxiety, which may also relieve associated insomnia

    Antidepressants: non-addictive drugs that relieve symptoms of sadness, lack of energy, concentration issues, and lack of interest

    Antipsychotic drugs: used alongside antidepressants or on their own to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorders

    Mood stabilizers: typically used with bipolar disorders and occasionally with antidepressants.

    How are non-medical treatments of mental illness approached?

    Alternative Healthcare LA partners with mental health professionals in the Los Angeles area, referring patients when medications alone can’t relieve the symptoms of your illness.

  • CURRENT POSITION

    Alternative Healthcare LA - Behavioral

    Health Director - Psychology Associates LA

    Alternative Healthcare LA Psychology Associate

    Located Near Downtown LA

    Alternative Healthcare LA Director of Behavioral Health Clinic

    March 2013- Present

     

    Alternative Healthcare LA is in association with Psychology Associate whom has been serving several communities for many years now. We are most recognized for our excellent quality of care that we offer our patients.

     

    Measurement & Quality of Care

    Mental health disorders cumulatively are the most costly health problem in
    American primary care.1

    These disorders frequently go undiagnosed and undertreated. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends annual screening for depression, and, when positive,
    additional assessment for other comorbid psychological problems, such as anxiety,
    bipolar, posttraumatic stress (PTSD), and substance abuse disorders (SUD).2 

     

    These additional assessments are important, as 20% of primary care patients
    who screen positive for depression suffer from bipolar disorder, anxiety
    disorders are twice as prevalent as depression, and substance use disorders
    are often missed.3,4

    These conditions are often comorbid with physical illnesses and often increase
    the cost of care 2- to 3-fold with a negative impact on outcomes.
    5

     

    The M3 Checklist is a research-validated screening tool that quantifies a patient’s
    risk for mental health disorders commonly found in primary care.6

     

    Regular monitoring of patients with the M3 Checklist gives primary care access to
    measurement-based care, is a first step towards the integration of behavioral
    health into primary care and meets the requirement for validated rating scales in the Collaborative Care Model (CoCM).


    AHC  Provides Multidimensional Mental Health Monitoring:
    An Essential Part of Primary Care Physician Referral 

     

    Alternative Healthcare LA now offers the evidence‐based M3 Checklist. Please contact us or your AHC representative. The M3 Checklist empowers providers by detecting, measuring and organizing symptoms of the following common mental health conditions: depression, anxiety disorders,
    bipolar disorder, and PTSD. Consisting of 27 questions, the patient‐engaging web and mobile assessment can be easily completed during office visits, in the waiting or exam room, or remotely, in just three to five minutes.

    Once the assessment is completed, the M3 Checklist computes numeric values––the M3 score and specific condition subscores––which can be used by developers to trigger clinical decision support rules.

     

    M3 Checklist provides
    structured mental health symptom data that can be integrated with most
    electronic health records using the standard laboratory data channel, allowing the data to be managed in the same manner as lab tests.

    LabCorp also offers the AUDIT-C, a 3-item screen for alcohol misuse.


    Registry Development and Population Health
     

    The care management team can track, measure changes and progress of an individual patient over time. Regular monitoring of M3 Checklist’s Score & Sub scores identifies those patients who are not
    reaching their treatment targets and require adjustments in care.

    Alternative Healthcare LA Behavioral Health Assessments For First Responders

    Behavioral Health Director Alternative Healthcare LA In Association with Psychology Associate Mar 2013 - Present

     

    If you are a First Responder:

    • What would you give to be able to sleep at night without your mind racing or being plagued by nightmares?
    • Do you just want to be able to unburden yourself and relax?
    • Would you like to decompress confidentially with clinicians experienced in dealing with trauma and First Responders?
    • Would you like to have mental health support for you and your family?

    That's why we developed AHC TM Behavioral Health Program for First Responders and why the program is so important. Our services are available 24/7/365 days a year. You can call immediately after a traumatic incident, a week later, or even a year down the line. It could also be trauma from your past that is now having an impact on your ability to do your current job. AHC is here to help you live!

    • Dial 9-1-1 If this is a life-threatening emergency for yourself and require immediate attention           
    • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255. This national (USA) suicide hotline. It's not AHC-LA specific, but they can and will talk to anyone who needs help                                        
    • Call PTSD Foundation of America 877-717-7873 A combat veteran will answer the call
    • CHAT confidentially               
    • In Canada call 844-951-4163 this confidential support line for First Responders and their families seeking support related to job-related stressors.                              
    • There is a growing number of emergency room and trauma nursing staff who are suffering from stress-related illnesses brought on by their jobs. Not only are depression and PTSD prevalent, but there are also growing concerns regarding Secondary Traumatic Stress, Compassion Fatigue, and Vicarious Trauma.                                
    • Emergency Medical staff and trauma teams are exposed to work-related traumatic events on a regular basis with many stating the death of a child or adolescent is one of the most traumatizing for them. All too often these medical staff are being expected to just shake it off and move to the next patient which means they are never really being allowed to deal with the emotions appropriately. It is estimated that around 1 in 3 emergency nurses meet sub-clinical levels of anxiety and depression and 8.5% have experienced PTSD symptoms.                             
    • A peer-led  survey  has revealed that 37% of EMS providers have contemplated suicide, almost 10 times the national average as published by the CDC. The same survey found 6.6% had actually made an attempt on their own life compared with just 0.5% of the general population                           
    • Two in every ten emergency room nurses will experience the symptoms of PTSD after being involved in a major disaster according to research                          
    • 1 in 3 emergency nurses meet sub-clinical levels for depression and anxiety according to one study

     

    Alternative Healthcare LA Behavioral Health Assessment Program

    Located Near Downtown LA

    Behavioral Health Director Psychology Associate

    E- Psych Today

    March 2013 - Present

     

    The test is secure, HIPAA compliant, and takes about ten minutes to complete. The results are provided to the individual and the appropriate management team for evaluation to take the next steps to get you the professional assistance they require. The unique aspect of this BHA program is we will provide you with your own personal report including a Patient Care Plan at the time your findings are determined. The only thing you need to get started is a one-time $55 Administrative fee to identify that there is a problem.

     

    Mental illness comes in many forms, on their own, in combination, or resulting as a complication from another disorder. Often, similar mental issues are classed together in groups of like disorders. Some of the most common mental illnesses are discussed here. Affective disorders create changes in your moods, such as seasonal affective disorder, thought to be caused by lack of sunlight during the winter season. Depression and bipolar disorder also fall into this category.

    Anxiety disorders usually produce reactions of fear or dread, panic episodes, and physical symptoms such as sweating, shallow respiration, and rapid heartbeat, which are out of proportion with the trigger situation. Your response may also be out of your control, and it may interfere with normal function in your life.

    Post-traumatic stress disorder typically follows experiencing or witnessing a major traumatic event. This may be due to assault, accident, or natural disaster, and it can include long-lasting responses, thoughts, dreams, and memories. Personality disorders often cause issues with daily life, at home, school, or work. Your patterns of thinking may be substantially different than those of normal society, as well as rigid and inflexible. Examples include obsessive-compulsive disorder, antisocial personality disorder, and paranoid personality disorder.

     

    The traditional greeting comes with a bitter aftertaste with so many among us being threatened in their very livelihood by the ever growing economic crisis. We do not have the luxury of simply waiting for things to return to normal. For some of us the proverbial wolf may not be at the door just yet. But even the most fortunate will perforce be affected, however indirectly.

     

    How to restore some sense of control for the recipient of the pink slip (whom I shall hereafter call Dana, male or female?) In psycho-language the following suggestion is called “reframing.” The term refers to the deliberate decision to change the way we habitually think about something. Given that our feelings are controlled by our thoughts, in reframing a situation Dana can help himself think more rationally, use his strengths better, and therefore feel better.

     

    The most painful aspect of job loss is the sense of total of powerlessness. No matter how hard Dana has worked, no matter how much she has contributed to her employer’s earlier success, how great her needs, how many children are to be fed or educated, no matter…nothing matters. Dana is suddenly reduced to seeing himself as the impotent toy of circumstances way beyond control. He therefore feels as he has not felt since being an infant in a cradle as yet incapable of doing anything but scream to have his needs met. Reframing the situation is going to require that Dana remain resilient, flexible, like the reed of the fable which withstood the winds of storm better than the majestic oak.

     

     

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    WHEN THE BATTLE DOESN'T "END" HOPE DOESN'T HAVE TO "DIE" CALL ALTERNATIVE HEALTHCARE LA ABOUT YOUR PTSD OR DEPRESSION SYMPTOMS WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU AND "PREVENT SUICIDE"

     

    When most people think about PTSD, military personnel are some of the first sufferers that come to mind. Considering the horrific things an active military serviceman or woman has to deal with it doesn't come as a surprise that there is a higher rate of PTSD and depression among the military. On average, 8% of the general American population will experience PTSD at some stage in their lives, but for military personnel, the figure is closer to 20%. Government employees can also be at an increased risk of mental illness due to traumatic events as they may be called upon to deal with situations that they are not specifically trained for in the event of an emergency situation.

    • 1 in 5 service members returning from active duty in Afghanistan and Iraq will have symptoms of depression, PTSD, or some other type of mental illness
    • 30% of Vietnam veterans are believed to be suffering from PTSD. (Source: justice.gov)

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