What is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner?
Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs) are responsible for assessing the mental health status of patients by studying their relevant medical history, performing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, and identifying risk factors that might affect a patient’s mental health. We assess and diagnose patients’ mental illness, and then determine the most effective plan of care based on scientific evidence and standard practices in Psychiatry. Through expertise in a range of psychotherapy modalities and psychopharmacology (the science of medications and prescribing), we work with our patients to implement evidence-based treatments that improve their mental and physical health and overall quality of life.
What type of conditions do Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners treat?
We treat the full range of psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, personality disorders and dysfunctional behaviors (such as those involving self-destructive or violent impulses).
Can Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners prescribe medications?
Yes. PMHNPs are trained in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology (the study of medication and its action in the body). We can instruct you regarding medication options, benefits and risks, when and how to take it, assessing effectiveness, interactions with other medications or substances (such as alcohol), the effect of food, purpose of a medication and reason the medication was selected for you.
Do you accept insurance?
We do not currently bill directly to insurance. We can provide you with a detailed receipt that you may submit to your insurance carrier for any “out-of-network” reimbursement if such benefit is included in your plan. Please consult your insurance carrier with any questions. Unfortunately, we do not accept Medicare or Medicaid.
Do you accept Medicare or Medicaid?
Unfortunately, we do not.
How much will I have to pay at the time of the visit?
Full payment is due at the time of visit.
What do visits cost and how can I pay?
Payment must be made at the time of the visit. The initial visit (90 min) is $600. Follow-up appointments (55 min) are $385. We accept most all cards (credit, debit, HSA, FSA), cash and checks. Payments are processed securely through Square. You may arrange for another person to pay your visit if you so desire.
How can I access the patient portal?
To access the patient portal, follow this link to log in (https://onpatient.com/login/). In the patient portal, you can manage scheduling and upload documents, photos, and video. Please use the patient portal to send us messages regarding clinical questions and concerns.
How can I contact you?
Existing patients: use the patient portal (https://onpatient.com/login/) to manage scheduling, uploading documents, and other communications with us.
(720) 635-8712 office text/cell
(720) 287-3666 fax
We typically respond to messages within 24-48 business. If you urgently need to speak to someone, you can call the Colorado Crisis Services (1-844-493-8255) or check out https://coloradocrisisservices.org.
In an emergency, please call 911.
What happens at my first appointment?
The first visit is the longest and will take approximately 1 ½ hours (up to 2 hrs). Prior to your first appointment, you will complete the intake paperwork located on our website.
Before your appointment, it may be helpful for you to write down why you are seeking help. Highlight symptoms and/or situations that may be causing you the most concern. This exercise will help you stay on track and lessen the likelihood of overlooking information you want to share with me. If possible, please make a list of your past medications (as best you recall) and your current medications & supplements.
During the visit, we will discuss your primary concerns, as well as your background including medical history, current and past medications, and your current symptoms & concerns.
Do you offer telemedicine visits?
Yes. Calm Clarity Mental Health ensures the interaction between the patient and clinician is completely secure and HIPAA compliant. The teleconferencing software encrypts all forms of data, including video and audio. While some people may be reluctant or feel awkward talking to a person on a screen, experience shows most people are comfortable with it. Some people may be more relaxed and willing to open up from the comfort of their home or a convenient local facility.
How can I reschedule or cancel an appointment?
We use an online calendar system – onPatient through Dr. Chrono. Through this system, you are able to schedule, reschedule or cancel follow-up appointments at any time up to 24 hours prior to your appointment. To access the patient portal, follow this link to log in (https://onpatient.com/login/). In the patient portal, you can manage appointment scheduling, including rescheduling and cancelling appointments.
Additionally, my assistant Lisa and I are happy to assist you by phone at (720) 635-8712. To maintain the most open and flexible schedule for all our clients, we have a strict cancellation policy. Any appointments missed or cancelled less than 24 hrs prior will be charged the full visit fee.