Integrated behavioral health is the systematic coordination of general and behavioral healthcare. Integrating mental health, substance abuse, and primary care services produces the best outcomes and proves the most effective approach to caring for people with multiple healthcare needs. Providing these services in one location reduces barriers to our patients. It also saves lives - people with mental and substance abuse disorders may die decades earlier than the average person - mostly from preventable and treatable chronic illnesses like hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.
For established WNCCHS Patients We Can Offer a Variety of Integrated Behavioral Health Services.
These introductory classes are a good place to get started or check in. While some patients use these for weekly support, these classes are also a great way to meet with our different therapists, and sign up for Specialized Classes.
Serenidad (en Español)
Este grupo sirve para aumentar las conexiones sociales y apoyo mutuo. También ofreceremos herramientas básicas que podrán ayudar a navegar las problemáticas que surgen a diario. Esto ayudaría a mejorar la confianza y perspectiva de uno de forma positive y efectiva.
Transgender Support Group
This group is focused on providing social and peer support to members of the transgender community, as well as sharing resources and other helpful information.
Tuesday Continuing Care
This drop-in class is focused on practicing art therapy techniques as a coping strategy for stress, anxiety, and depression. You can also check in here in order to sign up for DBT or Holistic Self-Care classes.
Wednesday Continuing Care
This class provides drop-in support for individuals encountering challenges with addictive behaviors. Substance use, gambling, nicotine, food, and other compulsive habits are addressed through this class. You can also check in here for more information on The Next Step and Journey to Wellness groups.
Camino de Colores
Venga a aprender a vivir con la mayor calidad de vida! Este grupo esta diseñado para aprender las técnicas y herramientas para conllevar una vida balanceada; disminuyendo los estresores que a veces nos puede, aumentando síntomas negativos como la depresión, la ansiedad y el trauma entre otros. Este grupo ofrece apoyo mutuo en un contexto de reverencia a la privacidad de las luchas y retos de la vida. Vamos a compartir las experiencias de diferentes ‘colores’ en nuestro camino de la vida, creciendo y compartiendo juntos.
Life Skills for Living Well
This class will teach you coping skills and strategies to thrive in life. We focus on your strengths, positivity, healthy boundaries, goal setting, social skills, assertive communication as well as cutting edge practices such as mindfulness meditation. This group provides space to share experiences, learn about local resources, and to help foster attitudes and habits which support your wellness. A good starting point for daily changes and long term growth.
Friday Continuing Care
This drop-in class is focused on assisting individual patient needs by working through stressors, learning positive coping skills to handle day-to-day needs, developing safe, supportive healthy network to maximize wellness.
*Specialized Classes (must pre-register)
Classes marked with a * on the schedule are sequential. You must sign up for these classes by contacting the therapist listed for that class. You can to do this is by checking in with them, in person, at one of their Open Classes first.
*DBT Skills for Life-8 week class
Gain and make use of skills to help you manage emotions, improve relationships, handle stress and live in the moment. The class consists of three 8-week units. Commitment to at least 8 sessions required.
*Holistic Self-Care -4 week class
Gain insight and tools on how to manage chronic pain though increased whole person self care with a focus on psychoeducation about chronic pain, mindfulness, healthy diet/exercise, and quitting smoking.
*Journey To Wellness - 4 week class
Offered for individuals in the Project Wellness program to provide education and support throughout their recovery journey. This class will consist of four educational sessions designed to assist individuals on developing a solid foundation for their transition to a healthier lifestyle.
*The Next Step
This drop-in class is focused on relapse prevention through the development of coping skills to deal with cravings, learning to manage down-time by creating healthy leisure time activities, establishing a support network, HIV and Hep C education, and addressing co-occurring issues.
*Anxiety Management & Depression Recovery-4 week class
Understand the basis of anxiety & learn helpful techniques to alleviate symptoms. Sign up at any of the 1pm classes.
*Women’s Empowerment -12 week class
To assist women who have experienced trauma(s). Develop an understanding how trauma impacts your life, develop positive coping skills/choices; validate self from victimization to empowerment.
All classes are held at WNCCHS, in the Minnie Jones Health Center, 257 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville and are for established WNCCHS patients only.
Please enter through the south entrance (pharmacy entrance) for all classes or groups.
Class times and availability are subject to change
WNCCHS is excited to announce this new service to its established medical patients seeking Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT.) This evidence based opioid agonist treatment will utilize an integrated approach that combines comprehensive primary care along with co-located behavioral health services specific to Office Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT.) Eligibility criteria includes:
Medically established WNCCHS patient, receiving primary care
18 years or older
Not currently pregnant
No concurrent misuse of other medications or illicit substances
Willingness to sign consents/agreements to program policies, and including but not limited to, release of medical/psychiatric records from prior providers, urine drug screens and other pertinent information
Meets DSM 5 criteria for Opioid Use Disorder, Moderate or Severe which can be obtained by a scheduled assessment with WNCCHS Behavioral Health Therapist
Meets criteria for OBOT, Level of Care, as determined by assessment with WNCCHS Behavioral Health Therapist
Motivated patients are encouraged to speak to their assigned Primary Care Provider regarding interest to engage in OBOT services, their provider will than make referral to behavioral health.
Treatment will include Suboxone or buprenorphine/naloxone combination therapy along with weekly behavioral health engagement focused on individual and group support.
All eligible WNCCHS patients, irrespective of their insurance status, will be considered. Patient Assistance is available for uninsured patients.