Clinical Psy.D. Students to Provide Mental Health Services at the Achievable Health Center in Los Angeles
March 12, 2018
Grant awarded to integrate services at the clinic aims to create a model that can be replicated.
(LOS ANGELES) (March 12, 2018) – The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) Office of Placement and Training at the Los Angeles Campus is collaborating with the Achievable Foundation to integrate behavioral and mental health services into their Whole Person Care Project (WPCP) at the Achievable Health Center. The project is funded by the federal Health Resources Services Administration. The Chicago School is one of the leading nonprofit institutions devoted exclusively to psychology, and related behavioral health sciences.
The Achievable Foundation was recently awarded the Health Tomorrows Partnership for Children grant to support the WPCP and to address the co-occurring mental health issues among individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Between August 2015 and June 2016, two TCSPP students provided individual and group therapy services to 26 children, 10 of whom had a co-occurring and I/DD. With this new grant, and under the supervision of TCSPP’s Dr. Meredith Rimmer, Clinical Psy.D., students can continue to provide services to children through the WPCP. TCSPP students will also have the opportunity to shadow physicians from UCLA, attend interdisciplinary meetings, and increase their exposure to a variety of roles as a psychologist in a medical and mental health setting.
“This grant is unique because it includes funding for a clinical student supervisor—this is rarely funded—to allow the continued participation of TCSPP students at this health center that is first of its kind in California.” said Teresa Masi, Psy.D., MFT and senior director of clinical training at The Chicago School. “The work being done at the clinic is cutting edge and the interventions created by the TCSPP team will have the potential to inform care at other agencies working with this specialized group.”
“Not only are our patients benefiting from the mental health services TCSPP students are integrating into our program, the students are learning how to work with low-income populations with and without I/DD who have a great need for these services,” said Carmen Ibarra, CEO of Achievable. “We’re hoping this collaboration will serve as a model to be replicated by other health centers.”
The Achievable Foundation is a federally qualified health center serving infants, children, and adults with I/DD in Los Angeles. In 2015, The Achievable Health Center forged a partnership with The Chicago School allowing students in the Clinical Psy.D. Program to provide assessments, and individual and group therapy while completing a 9-12 month advanced practicum at the Health Center. Before collaborating with The Chicago School, the newly established and specialized health center had not provided mental health services to its clients.
About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is a nonprofit, private school devoted exclusively to psychology, and related behavioral health sciences. The Chicago School is an affiliate of TCS, a nonprofit system of colleges advancing student success and community impact. The institution serves approximately 4,300 students across campuses in Chicago; Southern California (Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego); and Washington, D.C., as well as through online programs. The Chicago School is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, (WSCUC), and its Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programs in Chicago and Washington, D.C. are accredited by the American Psychological Association. With more than 20 graduate degree programs, thousands of hours of real-world training, and a wealth of international opportunities, TCSPP is the leader in professional psychology and behavioral health education. To learn more, visit www.thechicagoschool.edu.
About The Achievable Foundation
The Achievable Foundation is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide high quality, integrated health care to individuals with developmental disabilities such as autism and Down syndrome, and other vulnerable populations. The Achievable Health Center is a first of its kind federally qualified health center which opened in 2013 to meet the healthcare needs of these individuals. At Achievable we provide a full range of health care services, from primary care for adults and children, to mental health services, and access to a vast specialty care referral network. You can visit our website at www.achievable.org.