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Dr. Peter Sangra named Top Psychiatrist in Santa Teresa

Each year America’s Best Doctors and the syndicated national outlets feature a special edition highlighting the accomplishments of physicians to help advance opportunity and advocacy within the medical profession.

Peak Behavioral’s Child and Adolescent Medical Director, Dr. Peter Sangra has been awarded Top Psychiatrist in Santa Teresa for 2020.

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New PHP for Adolescents is Alternative to Psychiatric Admission

Peak Behavioral will be opening its adolescent partial hospitalization program (PHP) on November 1, 2019. PHP is an alternative treatment option for youth ages 12 -17 who don’t quite meet the criteria to be admitted to the hospital, but need a highly structured environment during the day to address significant behavioral and emotional challenges that get in the way of them attending school and regular activities. Patients stay at home on weeknights and on weekends and attend PHP during the weekdays.

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Putting our Patients Front and Center

“Putting our patients front and center of everything we do is what our community has learned to expect from us,” says Sandy Emanuel, CEO, Peak Behavioral Health at a recent staff meeting. Emanuel continues, “We have a number of ways that we continuously monitor the quality of the services we provide but hearing from our patients about how we made a difference tops the list.”

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Suicide Prevention – Warnings Signs and Risk Factors

Peak Behavioral supports The Jason Foundations advocacy for the prevention of suicide. The Jason Foundation’s mission is specifically for the prevention of young person’s suicide. However, many of the well-researched constructs of the Warning Signs and Risk Factors they have published can be applied to all populations. Below is an outline of The Jason Foundation’s suicide prevention Warning Signs and Risk Factors to be aware of when interacting with anyone who may need Help:

WARNING SIGNS – By themselves, many of these observations are not sure signs that someone is suicidal but could mean that they are struggling with issues in their lives and could use help. If these issues are not addressed or treated, they can result in suicidal thoughts or attempts

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Suicide Prevention – Support Our Veterans

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) has deemed September 8 through 14 as World Suicide Prevention Week. The purpose of this designation is to raise awareness that suicide can be prevented.

According to a Department of Defense report in armytimes.com, nearly two thirds of active duty military who died of suicide in 2012 were seen by a doctor within three months on the suicide. Approximately one third of those told someone of their plans. The report also stated that 42 percent had at least one mental health diagnosis. And, one in five were prescribed a psychiatric medication within 90 days of the suicide.

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