The Intensive Outpatient Program at UT Health Northeast provides behavioral health care for older adults. There are two locations that offer this service:
- Tyler – on the campus of UT Health Northeast
Patients come for treatment and therapy while living independently at home or in long-term care settings. This type of treatment may shorten or prevent hospitalization or serve as a “step down” from the acute and sub-acute inpatient care that is offered at UT Health. We consider our service a continuum of behavioral health care because there is help every step of the way. In fact, there’s also a senior behavioral health program and an adult psychiatry clinic to provide an additional level of care.
Our Continuum of Behavioral Health Care
Our outpatient program is designed for older adults who have symptoms that interfere with quality of life. Therapy groups provide treatment that includes:
- cognitive training
- coping with physical illness
- anger management
- problem solving
- coping skills
- relapse prevention
- late-in-life transitions (for example, retirement, relocation, loss of spouse)
Patients referred to the program receive a psychiatric evaluation and psychosocial assessment to ensure that the program address the patient’s specific needs with a personalized treatment plan and schedule. Lunch is provided daily to participants and transportation is available.
Conditions We Commonly Treat
- Tearfulness / crying spells
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Loss of Energy or interests
- Difficulty coping with change
- Feelings of loneliness / isolation / withdrawal
- Irritability and / or agitation
- Changes in behavior that interfere with care in the long-term setting
- Sadness / depression / grief
- Feelings of suspicion / mistrust
- Excessive worry and anxiety
- Inability to cope with stress
Psychiatry and Neurology
Dr. Matthews has practiced psychiatry for 20 years, working in both outpatient and institutional settings. He is board certified in psychiatry and neurology and completed a research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health, part of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Matthews has also been a consultant on NASA studies of the effects of extended bed rest. His expertise is valuable to the acute, residential, and senior behavioral health program at UT Health, and the intensive outpatient program in Longview.
Sharon Peymon, LPC
Sharon earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Arkansas University and a master’s degree in counseling from Stephen F. Austin State University. She honed her counseling skills working in a variety of areas for the last eighteen years, including substance abuse prevention, parenting skills groups, hospice, MHMR, and has worked in inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs. Sharon has worked in Geriatric Behavioral Health for the last twelve years, and loves it the most. “I was taught to respect older people, and I love working with them. Their lives are fascinating to me because of the events they have lived through. They have a story to tell, and are much more than just their illness.”
Kay Reed, LCSW
Kay Reed is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and approved clinical supervisor who has over 25 years of experience in mental health and counseling services. She earned her degrees at Baylor University and University of Texas at Arlington. Past work and training include psychiatric hospitals settings, hospice care and out-patient counseling centers. She has worked with individuals with development and cognitive disabilities, chronic mental health issues and those dealing with grief and loss. Kay has the counseling skills and experience that helps people get better. Kay has experience with people at all ages, from young children to more well-seasoned adults.
Lee Ann Valdez, LMSW
Lee Ann Valdez, is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) that provides therapeutic services at UT Health Northeast Intensive Outpatient Clinic. Lee Ann earned her Master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin. She has practiced as a social worker since 2012, working with children, families, and the mental health population. Lee Ann began serving the senior population as a caregiver in 2008 and it was then that she discovered her passion to work with senior adults. Lee Ann is committed to instilling hope to individuals to promote their well-being and mental health.
Jill Mallory, LVN
Jill earned her LVN degree from Frank Philips College in 1993. She has been an LVN for 23 years, with the geriatric population being her specialty. Jill also comes from a family with mental illnesses, which helped fuel her passion for behavioral health. For Jill, this all came together in 2014, when she began working in the Intensive Outpatient Program with senior adults who have mental illness.
Billie has a B.S. in education and has worked in the behavioral health field for 6 years. She loves working with senior adults because they have so much to offer, including wisdom, experience, and history. Billie enjoys educating our community about behavioral health and helping them understand that it’s an illness that can be treated, just like any other health issue.
Marsha Jackson, LMFT
Marsha received her master’s degree in counseling psychology in 2007 from California Lutheran University. She has worked with youth and families, transitional age youth (18-25), and now older adults. At the Intensive Outpatient clinic in Longview she is able to utilize her compassion and desire for understanding to help others work through their problems. She is proud to be a part of an institution that encourages individualized care and personal growth.
Amanda Lester LCSW
Amanda graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington in 2007 with a master’s degree in social work and she has a Licensed Clinical Social Work credential. She has experience working with crisis intervention, inpatient hospitalization, and children, adolescents, families, and geriatrics. Amanda enjoys being able to help others, empower them, and watch them change their lives in a positive way.
David C. Lopez, LCSW
With 35 years of clinical social work experience, David helps clients practice self-care and move toward clients taking control of their mental health improvement.
Micki Buchanan, LVN
Micki has been a nurse since 2004. She encourages her patients to see how medical and behavioral health can (and should) be integrated. It brings Micki great joy to see her patients improve their overall quality of life.
Tina Johnson, Screener
Tina has worked in senior behavioral health for over 12 years. She loves working with this population and helping them find the resources they need to help improve their quality of life. She strives to be an advocate for our senior’s mental health needs and show them they are not forgotten.
UT Health accepts Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and most commercial insurances. Screeners for each program are available to meet with prospective group members in their homes if desired. Transportation to and from the Intensive Outpatient Program is available and a hot lunch is provided for group members.
Billie Milner – (903) 808-2906
(about a 35 mile radius from the clinic)
Tina Johnson – (903) 574-0142
(about a 30 mile radius from the clinic)