BOISE — Parents in the Treasure Valley who endure long waiting lists to have their children treated for mental health issues will have a new option as early as fall, when St. Luke's Health System plans to open a new clinic.
The clinic will fit a "patient-centered medical home" model, meaning primary care doctors will work continuously with psychologists, therapists and psychiatrists to plan and coordinate the patient's care.
"We have a very deep need in our community for pediatric mental health. It's been a huge hole in the services" that are offered now, said Connie Sturdavant, practice manager.
Sturdavant said the hospital expects a large share of patients to be under-treated Medicaid recipients.
St. Luke's hired two child psychiatrists from out of state to work with a group of St. Luke's psychologists and therapists, Sturdavant said.
The clinic will have two locations in Boise. St. Luke's is leasing space from Sage Health Care on Allumbaugh Street between Emerald Street and Franklin Road and will open a new office at 6th Street and Hays Street in Downtown Boise, next to the St. Luke's developmental pediatrics clinic.
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