Tele-Behavioral Health: COVID-19 and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care

Expert Q&A with Rick Leichtweis, PhD, Executive Director, Inova Kellar Center Rick Leichtweis, PhD, serves as Executive Director for Inova Kellar Center. He is a leader in the educational and mental health field and has extensive experience in developing mental health and substance use disorder treatment and special education programs. Across the U.S., and here…

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Is Your Teen Depressed?

Teen Depression

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of teen depression and be proactive with an intervention plan before it escalates. Statistics indicate that up to 20 percent of adolescents are diagnosed with depression by the time they reach adulthood. Unlike adults, adolescents may still respond positively to things…

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Preventing Suicide

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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Here are important tips for identifying behaviors and helping to stop suicide. By Tammala Watkins, LCSW, Director, Inova Behavioral Health Access Services, Inova Health System Suicide is the third leading cause of death among people ages 15 to 34. Suicide can be prevented when people are educated about some…

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Behavioral Health Services Focus on Healthy Minds

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Inova provides inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services for all ages in Loudoun and western Fairfax counties The numbers are staggering; millions of people are affected by mental health conditions annually. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 50% of all Americans are diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder…

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Another Step Forward in the Fight Against Opioid Addiction

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Dr. Loring Flint is Inova’s Chief Physician Executive and High Reliability Officer. On October 24, Virginia Senator Mark Warner announced that a bipartisan opioids bill was signed into law by the president. As Senator Warner’s letter explained, “This comprehensive legislation will help communities across Virginia by improving opioid treatment and recovery efforts and providing new…

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Inova Pairs Mental Health With Primary Care

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Breaking barriers in behavioral health With the mind-body connection well established, Inova Medical Group’s pairing of primary care and behavioral health providers in the same offices has reaped rave reviews. Since July 2017, most Inova primary care clinics have counselors and other mental health clinicians on staff, under the same roof, creating a seamless transition between…

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How can you help a child avoid suicide risk?

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Youth Suicide Prevention Dr. B. Jill McCabe and Erin Rovelli, RN serve patients at the Children’s Emergency Room at Inova Loudoun Hospital – Loudoun County’s only emergency facility solely dedicated to caring for children and adolescents. It is also the first and only sensory-friendly ER in the region.  Being a parent is difficult. One of the most…

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New Kellar Center location in Loudoun offers behavioral health services for families

Meeting a Need May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it’s a good reminder that behavioral health resources are a vital part of a community’s well-being. Children, teens and their families in Loudoun County, VA have limited choices for help with behavioral health challenges, and even fewer affordable options. Thankfully, the Inova Kellar Center has…

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