Post Content

The Massachusetts Mental Health Center of the Department of Mental Health (DMH), which is located in the Longwood Medical Area of Boston, is a “WARM” place.

Brigham & Women’s Hospital operated medical clinic called “Wellness and Recovery Medicine,” or WARM, is a place where DMH clients can receive respectful and effective medical care. Filled with art created by DMH clients, the WARM clinic is supported by Brigham & Women’s Hospital and DMH staff, whose passion for their work is evident in the positive outcomes they and their clients have achieved in record time.

A lot of education, hands on care, important conversations, case coordination, leveraging of resources, advocacy and plain old hard work take place at WARM.

  • Nurse Veronica employs every strategy possible to get Mass Mental Health clients to their initial and follow up appointments.  As a psychiatric nurse, she understands that managing psychiatric symptoms cannot occur if untreated medical problems are not addressed and resolved.
  • Nurse Lisa, the Nurse Practitioner, treats countless Mass Mental clients with chronic medical problems and helps educate her patients about the challenges of recovering from severe and persistent psychiatric and medical disorders.
  • Dr. Gail, the internist, oversees the clinic and ensures that the linkages between Mass Mental psychiatric staff and the clinic’s medical team are seamless and that behavioral and primary care is fully coordinated.

The extraordinary staff goes above and beyond, every day, to provide care and support to clients. Resourceful, flexible approaches are used by clinicians committed to recovery; from creating a partnership to bring a mobile eye clinic to the front of the Mass Mental Health Center to helping a frightened and reluctant client’s cancer get treated over a period of months and repeated home visits that lead to comprehensive care at the clinic.

It is a sad but well known fact that individuals living with serious and persistent mental illness die 25 years sooner than their non mentally ill compatriots. WARM is working against this trend and helping DMH clients add quality years to their lives.

This May, let’s celebrate WARM’s vision and the people who are committed to implementing it.

Written By:


Communications Director, Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Tags:

Recent Posts

Outpouring of Donations Make DCF Kids Christmas Wishes Come True posted on Jan 13

Feeling the joy of the holidays is especially important for children receiving services from the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Not all kids are able to spend Christmas with their biological families and being in need of DCF support can weigh heavily on families   …Continue Reading Outpouring of Donations Make DCF Kids Christmas Wishes Come True

Tips for Seniors: Making Spirits Bright and Healthy This Holiday Season posted on Dec 11

Tips for Seniors: Making Spirits Bright and Healthy This Holiday Season

For seniors, like everyone else, the holidays can be a great time but also an excuse to overindulge but it’s important to remember to enjoy the abundance of sugary, salty and high-fat foods in moderation. Seniors, in particular, must pay close attention to their diet   …Continue Reading Tips for Seniors: Making Spirits Bright and Healthy This Holiday Season

Walk-in support centers make sign up for health insurance easy posted on Dec 4

Walk-in support centers make sign up for health insurance easy

Every day, someone comes into the HealthFirst Family Care Center in Fall River wanting to see a doctor. In some cases, they don’t have health insurance. That’s when Kerri Lewis springs into action. Lewis is working at the Massachusetts Health Connector’s walk-in support center at   …Continue Reading Walk-in support centers make sign up for health insurance easy