Unity Center: A new approach to caring
The Unity Center for Behavioral Health offers several innovative ways to care for those with mental health issues. One of the guiding principles of Unity Center is “trauma informed care” – providing care that strives to understand, recognize and respond to the effects of all types of trauma.
From growing up in an abusive household to the trauma of living with a disability, from the traumatic experience of addiction to early childhood neglect, trauma is defined as a situation that overwhelms a person’s capability for coping. Trauma informed care aims to rebuild the person’s sense of control and empowerment and to provide an environment that will reduce risk of re-traumatization. To better understand the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences or (ACE), take this ACE Quiz and find out your score, the higher your score is likely to be and the higher your risk for later health problems.
Designed for healing, Unity Center for Behavioral Health provides:
- An interactive, healing environment where psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, social workers, nurses and peer support specialists interact one-on-one with patients.
- 24/7 availability of psychiatrists, social workers and nurses who specialize in psychiatry.
- A specialist evaluation and a plan of care that is tailored to the psychiatric issues the patient is experiencing.
- Peer support specialists, people with the lived experience of a mental illness who are in recovery themselves and can speak heart-to-heart about struggles and the process of recovery. Unity Center peers in the Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) have served more than 700 individuals in over 1,200 hours of direct service.
The transitions of care approach links Unity Center patients with professionals from several community based organizations that create health plans to assist with a safe transition plan back into the community. These local organizations include CareOregon, Family Care, Lifeworks Northwest, Cascadia Behavioral Health, Western Psychological, Central City Concern, NARA (Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest), De Paul Treatment Centers, Hooper Detoxification Stabilization Center, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) and others who are delivering on the vision of helping our patients to discharge from Unity with access to the resources and helpful tools that they need to continue the healing process.
To learn more about the Unity Center for Behavioral Health please see https://unityhealthcenter.org. For media inquiries contact: Kristin Whitney