A Unified Outlook Of Hope
As the seventh guiding principle of the CREATION Life lifestyle, “outlook” is a major focus for us at AdventHealth. Outlook is woven into our perspective on life and has been proven through clinical research to play a significant role in overall health—even impacting the progression or regression of disease. With today’s rising economic and social challenges, the outlook of many individuals within our community has deteriorated to the point where clinical intervention for treatment of anxiety and depression is necessary.
"It is important that mental health services are readily available to these patients that encourage care for the whole person - mind and body are inseparable." -Robert Herzog
The Outlook Clinic was created to provide highly specialized mental health services to people experiencing symptoms of anxiety and/or depression who would not otherwise be able to pay for it.
For many of those seeking treatment, help is out of reach due to lack of insurance coverage or government-provided mental health services. Florida, in fact, ranks almost last among the 50 states in funding for mental health services. And with local providers unable to accommodate the growing demand of increasing patient numbers, the need for such services becomes more apparent with each passing day.
Uniting efforts with AdventHealth, Orlando’s Outlook Clinic is now bringing this vital service to uninsured members of the Central Florida community. Established in 2010 through our partnership with the Mental Health Association of Central Florida and Orange County Government, the Outlook Clinic was created to provide highly specialized mental health services to people experiencing symptoms of anxiety and/or depression who would not otherwise be able to pay for it. Serving as a complement to the general health services offered by Orange County Medical Clinic, the Outlook Clinic provides psychiatric evaluations, individual and group counseling, case management and medication management services.
Because a large number of those experiencing clinical depression and anxiety are also suffering from co-occurring medical issues, the Outlook Clinic has partnered with local primary care centers connected to the Primary Care Access Network (PCAN) system to help patients see a primary care doctor while under the care of the Outlook team. “Many of the patients seen in Orange County Medical Clinic, as well as in the hospital setting, are experiencing difficult medical problems simultaneously with mental health issues,” said Robert Herzog, administrative director of the AdventHealth Center for Behavioral Health. “It is important that mental health services are readily available to these patients that emphasizes care for the whole person—mind and body are inseparable.”
Since opening, the clinic has already provided services to nearly 300 patients, with referrals coming in regularly from sources like our own emergency departments, the Mental Health Association of Central Florida, the Orange County Medical Clinic and primary care clinics such as Grace Medical Home. Through our continued funding, leadership guidance and the support of our generous partners, the Outlook Clinic can maintain and build upon its ability to provide underserved mental health patients with access to a professional, compassionate, preventative continuum of care. And because of it, the outlook for many in our Central Florida community is looking brighter every day.