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Adaptive Behavioral Services Inc and Cognitive Medicine Practice LLC Team Up to Defeat Mental Illness and Opioid addiction
Groups Join Forces to Address Dearth of Psychiatric Services in the Region
 
As Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia grapple with mental illness and opioid addiction, Adaptive Behavioral Services (ABS) and Cognitive Medicine Practice LLC (CMP) of Weirton West Virginia, are announcing a coalition to address the gap in drug and mental health treatment. Currently, it takes between four and eight months for a person to be seen, diagnosed and receive a prescription from a psychiatrist for mental health and/or addiction medications.
 
This log jam is exacerbated by a cultural gap steeped in deep rooted racial and income disparities that has a two - fold impact on care. First, patients are misdiagnosed, and secondly, this void leads to people dropping out of treatment protocols. The end result is a perfect storm of mental illness, addiction and despair. This crisis is crystalized in the uptick in violent crime in Downtown Pittsburgh while crime has dropped city and county wide.
 
The two health providers feel that combined they can serve more people, more efficiently and with
more compassion. “This alliance between our groups has been in the works for a long time and gives us the capacity to reach more people while reducing long wait times for those in need of medication. We look forward to helping a lot of people and expect to finally address this mental health medication back log that is affecting the day to day quality of life for the city of Pittsburgh and County residents.” Says Kevin Jordan, CEO of ABS.
 
According to a U.S. Surgeon General report, African Americans are over-represented in populations that are at risk for mental illness. Unemployment, violence, imprisonment and higher numbers of single parent families are among the stressors in the black community.
 
 
 
 
 
In Allegheny County alone, there are nearly 150,000 low-income and minority residents with behavioral health needs enrolled in Medicaid. Yet, issues of cultural stigma and lack of access has proven to be long-term barriers to seeking care.  “We formed this partnership to increase access to medication and to complement the highly effective therapy services ABS is known for,” says Dr. Richard Ajayi, MD, CEO and Founder of CMP.
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
About Adaptive Behavioral Services
Started in 2012, Adaptive Behavioral Services is a licensed, for profit dual-diagnosis, outpatient treatment clinic. Based in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty section at 204 N Highland Ave, ABS has an additional location in Swissvale, and is the greater Pittsburgh region’s only minority owned and operated, dual treatment facility. Created to provide urban and low- income communities access to quality, culturally responsive mental health and substance abuse services, ABS also provide innovative youth trauma, and opioid medication services. For more information, call (412) 661-7790 or visit the ABS website @ www.absjamz.com.
 
About Cognitive Medicine Practice LLP
Based in Weirton West Virginia, at 310 American Way. Cognitive Medicine Practice is a Medical Group that has 4 medical offices located in 3 states and 3 cities in the USA. CMP focuses on psychiatric and medication assisted treatment. For more information call (304) 797-6410.
 
 
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