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FOUR TIPS FOR SAFELY TAKING AND STORING MEDICATIONS

FOUR TIPS FOR SAFELY TAKING AND STORING MEDICATIONS

When prescribed appropriately by a psychiatrist and taken as directed, medication may reduce or eliminate troubling psychiatric symptoms, improve daily functioning, transform families and even save lives. Psychiatry Services at CFGC offer psychiatric evaluation, medication management and information about mental health diagnoses to more than 500 children and young adults. We believe strongly that medication is only one component of an overall mental wellness plan, and we work side-by-side with the treatment team of CFGC’s therapists, behavior specialists, teachers and family advocates to produce the best, long-term outcomes possible. Determining whether or not a child would benefit from medication requires thorough evaluations, individualized assessments and
professional expertise.

Before recommending any medication, our psychiatrists conduct detailed diagnostics, which may require consultation with primary care physicians and treating therapists, review of previous records and additional medical or psychological testing. For many young people, CFGC is the only place they have access to medications that treat depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, trauma or other disorders. We are proud to offer psychiatric services that enable youth living with mental health issues a chance to live full, happy and productive lives.

1. Stay hydrated.
2. Keep medications in a cool, dry place.
3. Take medications at the same time each day to avoid forgetting doses, or set reminder alarms on your smart phone.
4. Don’t stop your medication or change the dosage without first consulting your doctor.

Alpa Patel, MD
Director of Psychiatric Services

For more information about CFGC’s psychiatric services, please call 818.739.5250 | 661.265.8627 or visit our web site at childguidance.org.

CFGC’S COMMUNITY FAMILY CENTER ASSISTS FAMILIES ENROLLING IN NEW HEALTH COVERAGE PROGRAMS

CFGC’S COMMUNITY FAMILY CENTER ASSISTS FAMILIES ENROLLING IN NEW HEALTH COVERAGE PROGRAMS

CFGC’s Community Family Center (CFC) has helped families enroll in Medi-Cal, Covered California and other health coverage programs for more than 20 years. Now, with new healthcare options available, we are expanding this service. Starting in July, along with our on-site health coverage enrollment service in Northridge, CFC began reaching out to many families that are eligible for health coverage for the first time. Our healthcare specialists provide presentations at local schools, churches and community centers to educate families about their health care coverage options. CFC also offers assistance with registration. We aim to educate newly insured families about using preventative healthcare coverage so that they have improved health outcomes.

If you or someone you know is uninsured and interested in enrolling in a health care plan, please visit www.childguidance.org for more information.

M. Cristina Solanet, MA, LMFT
CFC Division Manager
Appointments are available
8:00 am to 6:30 pm,
Monday through Friday,
and Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Now you can access CFGC resources at your convenience.

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