Board-certified consulting psychiatrist, Dr. Caroline Fisher, joins the Pediatric team with a new Collaborative Care Model at The Corvallis Clinic.
Dr. Fisher has 20 years of clinical experience and 13 years of progressive leadership experience overseeing and building psychiatric delivery systems. “I am delighted to work with so many outstanding people at The Corvallis Clinic,” Dr. Fisher says. She brings a unique, collaboration-based psychiatric service model that is patient-driven and centered to The Corvallis Clinic.
Collaborative Care is an evidence-based way to deliver treatment for mental illness, different from what most people are familiar with. In this model, patients make treatment decisions with their primary care providers but get expert treatment oversight by a psychiatrist. That means patients are treated faster, not having to wait for a referral to a community psychiatrist. Each patient is also followed by a psychiatric assistant, so families have someone to check in with, and patients who are not improving don’t fall through the cracks. That’s why treatment outcomes are frequently better than care as it is normally delivered. With the consultative approach, Dr. Fisher may recommend therapy, online programs, literature, and medications to primary care providers. Collaborative Care is recommended by the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Center for Medicaid and Medicare, and the Oregon Health Authority. The CC model is also backed by 40 years of studies demonstrating its’ effectiveness.
The Corvallis Clinic is an independent, physician-led medical group, a comprehensive multi-specialty organization, serving Benton, Linn, and Lincoln counties. It offers more than 100 board-certified physicians and advanced clinical professionals in 27 specialties at 10 area locations. As the fourth-largest area employer, The Clinic has more than 600 employees.