When used appropriately and safely, medication can reduce the symptoms of mental illness that interfere with a person’s quality of life. With full consent, licensed psychiatrists and physician assistants prescribe psychiatric medication and closely monitor its effectiveness and safety. Registered nurses assist in the administration and monitoring of medication.
Medication services are individually planned with full regard for the consumer’s needs, preferences, desired outcomes and participation in treatment decisions. Consumers, parents and legal guardians receive initial and ongoing education about each psychotropic medication prescribed for the consumer. The prescribing professional provides education before a medication is started, while registered nurses provide ongoing education in response to consumer need and preference. This enhances consumers’ knowledge, helps them make more well-informed choices, assists them in providing valued feedback, and ultimately leads to safe and effective medication use.
With consideration toward the high costs of certain prescriptions, consumers may be eligible for sample medications, Patient Assistance Medication Programs (PAP) offered by Pharmaceutical Companies and/or short term assistance from TTI with obtaining medications (at applicable sites). Determinations are based on each individual consumer’s circumstances and prescribed medication. Consumers must apply for Medicaid and Patient Assistance Programs before any other form of assistance is considered.
If a consumer is not eligible for prescription assistance, case managers will help them complete a budget to plan for medication costs and discuss with the prescribing physician any financial barriers to accessing prescribed medicines.
The generic brands of psychotropic medications, which are available for discounted prices at many local pharmacies, are prescribed when possible and appropriate.
Medication services are provided at all TTI offices.