The Intensive Outpatient Program in Longview provides behavioral health care for older adults.
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.
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.
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.
Tina Johnson – (903) 574-0142
(about a 30 mile radius from the clinic)