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Medicare Preventive Services Help You Live

by James Heller 26. February 2014 10:57
As we approach and arrive at our senior years, we begin to understand why doctors always told us to take better care of our health.  Prevention is something we hear about all of our lives, and only a small percentage of us really take it seriously.  The good news is that many age-related health issues can be improved and avoided with preventive care services covered by Medicare.
 
 
Better health can always be found through exercise and an improved diet, of course.  There are other issues, though, that are not so easy to control.  It’s much more dangerous for seniors to get the flu, life events can cause depression, and smoking or earlier substance abuse can lead to a whole list of related health problems.  Preventive screenings, counseling, vaccinations, and lab tests help to diagnose or treat potential health risks before they become serious problems.

Using available preventive services improves your health, which leads to other benefits.  Your golden years should be spent enjoying life, so better health means fewer visits to care providers.  You have better things to do.  Just a wellness exam and flu shot will keep the doctor away for a while.  Good health means a more active lifestyle and less reliance on others to get around, as well.  So, preventive care really does give you more joy and freedom in life.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides Medicare preventive care services at our Primary Care Clinics. We offer a wide variety of the covered services so you can experience that joy and freedom.  We look forward to seeing you soon.  Here is an alphabetical list:
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
  • Alcohol Misuse Screening and Behavioral counseling Intervention in Primary Care
  • Annual Wellness Visit (Including Personalized Prevention Plan Services)
  • Bone Mass Measurements
  • Cancer Screenings
    • Breast Cancer (mammograms and clinical breast exam)
    • Cervical and Vaginal Cancer (pap test and pelvic)
    • Colorectal Cancer
    • Prostate (PSA blood test and Digital Rectal Exam)
  • Cardiovascular Disease Screening
  • Depression Screening in Adults
  • Diabetes Screening
  • Diabetes Self-Management Training
  • Glaucoma Screening
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Screening
  • Immunizations (Seasonal Influenza, Pneumococcal, and Hepatitis B)
  • Initial Preventive Physical Examination - “Welcome to Medicare” Preventive Visit
  • Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease
  • Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy (for beneficiaries with diabetes or renal disease)
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Screening 
  • High-Intensity Behavioral Counseling (HIBC) to prevent STIs
  • Tobacco-Use Cessation Counseling
 
Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.
   
Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Methadone Maintenance Available Every Day

by James Heller 26. December 2013 08:36
Addiction to heroin and prescription opiates can become so serious that harm reduction is needed on the road to abstinence.  Methadone Maintenance (MM) helps reduce the cravings that an addict experiences, removing the distraction that often leads to using heroin or prescription drugs.  So it is important that, once MM treatment begins, a providing clinic is accessible every day.
 
 
Tarzana Treatment Centers Methadone Maintenance program is open every day of the year, including holidays.  The great majority of other MM clinics, on the other hand, are closed on weekends and holidays.  It makes sense to us that a program to reduce harm is available when harm is most likely to be done.  Whether boredom or anything else ramps up cravings on these days, addicts enrolled in an MM program shouldn’t need to wait until the next open day to get relief or counseling.

Another problem with off days at the MM clinic is that doses might be sent home so that clients won’t need to wait for them.  This is sometimes okay, but, with all due respect to those clients, it is a practice that can be dangerous if not deadly.  Methadone has a long half-life and stays in the body for up to 48 hours.  If an addict takes a dose too early, it could result in an overdose.  So it is important that doses are closely monitored by an available medical professional.

At Tarzana Treatment Centers, we take Methadone Maintenance very seriously.  Our goal for every drug addict is abstinence.  Every MM client receives counseling to help them on road to recovery.  We want you to feel the hope that comes from a drug-free lifestyle as we have seen it happen for so many addicts.  It may take a little more time using a Maintenance program, but it’s much better than being stuck in a cycle of multiple relapses.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.
 
Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Covered California Information

by James Heller 23. September 2013 08:06
Starting in October, 2013, California will begin open enrollment for health insurance through its insurance exchange known as Covered California.  This is our State’s marketplace for the US Affordable Care Act.

Tarzana Treatment Centers has made this page available to the public to make it easier to find information.  

For more information about our Integrated Health Care services, please call us at 888-777-8565 or fill out a secure contact form here.

Everyone Needs Health Insurance

The most important piece of information we can give you is that almost everyone will need to obtain some form of health insurance by January, 2014.  This is true whether you are employed or unemployed, and children need coverage too.  

This is good news because Covered California will help you to obtain health insurance at affordable rates, and, in some cases, at no cost to you.

Subsidized Insurance Eligibility and Rates

Eligibility for subsidized health insurance and tax credits is based on income.  Find out if you are eligible, and get rates and coverage information using the calculator at this link:

Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance

If you would like assistance enrolling for health care insurance, Covered California makes it easy.  You can call the number below or click the link to complete a contact form:

888-975-1142

Covered California on YouTube

Some videos have been produced that explain the new law on the Covered California YouTube channel.  View them at this link:

Our Services

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.

Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

by James Heller 26. June 2013 09:38
Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc. (TTC), a 501(c)(3) organization, has posted Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) documents as required by the United States Affordable Care Act (ACA).  TTC operates an acute psychiatric hospital in SPA 2, and is therefore required to participate.  The documents are available for viewing, printing, and downloading at the link below on our website:

There are two documents linked on this page; The CHNA and the Implementation Plan.  

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

TTC staff members, 32 in all, collaborated to create this document.  It is a comprehensive survey of the San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley community, and includes health statistics and demographics.  Tables and findings are provided for review, as well as information about how the survey was conducted.

CHNA Implementation Plan

Data from the CHNA survey is used in this document to highlight the health needs of the community and how TTC provides services for them.  Details include current services and those we plan to implement, where we offer referrals, and services that we don’t intend to provide.

Most important, the Implementation Plan explains how TTC services will help those in need.  It addresses the overall concern of community health needs, and concludes with how TTC will work to improve them.

You will need Adobe’s Acrobat Reader to view these documents, so a link is provided if you don’t have it.  There is also a link to contact Dr. Jose Salazar if you have any questions or comments about the CHNA documents.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.

Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

National Women’s Health Week

by James Heller 7. May 2013 13:07
The importance of women’s health will take center stage during the week of May 12-18, this year.  National Women’s Health Week is observed to promote various aspects of women’s health issues and the advances in treatment for them.  As usual, Tarzana Treatment Centers will take part with an event and by promoting our services for women.
 
 
We provide specialized treatment for women with substance abuse and mental health disorders.  Our addiction counselors and mental health professionals are trained to address gender-specific issues.  Residential treatment is available for qualified women with children, as well.  

In honor of Women’s Health Week, Tarzana Treatment Centers will hold a Health Fair at our facility on Baird Ave. in Reseda.  Health professionals will be on hand to provide free screenings.  We will also hold raffles and there will be live music.

For more information, please see our flyer:

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.

Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Covered CA News – Establishing Call Center

by James Heller 30. April 2013 13:20
As details are released this year about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will bring healthcare reform, eligible citizens may not understand what they will need to do.  Covered CA, the California Exchange in the ACA, is expecting questions like, “How can I get medical insurance for my family?” and “Where do I go to get health insurance?”
 
 
A Call Center is being formed to address these questions, and is planned to be operating this fall.  Around 500 staff members will assist Californians in multiple languages. They will guide callers through the process of obtaining health insurance through Covered CA, and help them to find out if they are eligible for financial assistance.

Tarzana Treatment Centers will continue to bring you the latest news about health coverage in California.


Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.

Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Hepatitis Risk Assessment and Testing

by James Heller 26. April 2013 09:32
Are you at risk for hepatitis?

It doesn’t take very much exposure to become one of the millions of Americans who have contracted the disease.  It’s blood-borne, meaning that individuals who inject drugs or engage in unprotected sex are at high risk.  It only takes one injection or unprotected sexual encounter, in fact, to become infected.  

At Tarzana Treatment Centers, our mission includes health education as well as treatment.  Here is everything you need to find out if you are at risk, how you can be tested, and where you can get treatment if you test positive for hepatitis.

Obviously, if you fit into one of the groups mentioned above, you are at risk.  Blood-borne diseases can be tricky, though, and can pass from person to person in many ways.  For example, if you were born between 1945 and 1965, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggest that you get tested for hepatitis C because the infection rates in that group are 5 times higher than all others.  So we are providing a link, here, where you can see if you are at risk in other ways.  Click the link below for the assessment:

 
 
If you need a test, Tarzana Treatment Centers has you covered.  We are providing free hepatitis testing, funded by the CDC, at our Central location in Tarzana, at our needle exchange sites, and at our medical clinics.  You can find the addresses to these sites on our Locations page <link> or by calling 818-996-1051.

For those who test positive for hepatitis, we provide medical care at our Reseda Medical Clinic.  We have many years of experience treating medical issues that result from drug use and sexual transmission, so you can rest assured that you are in good hands.  And, since we are an integrated healthcare facility, we can provide you with care for related health issues.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.

Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Valley Tele-Treatment Program (VTP)

by James Heller 26. February 2013 15:10
 
by Charles Yeh, MSW, ASW, CADC II, Project Coordinator
 
The Valley Tele-Treatment Program (VTP) of Tarzana Treatment Centers utilizes tele-communications (phone, e-mail, and video-conferencing) to assess for substance abuse issues, and provide immediate individual counseling if appropriate.  By making access easier and more comfortable, and by combining the role of brief intervention with treatment, VTP can better help individuals at crucial moments concerning the risks and harm related to substance use.  Participation may be as brief as one telephone conversation, or extend up to six months, depending on each individuals need.  
 
A first goal of VTP is to reach more individuals, and to reach them sooner, to provide individualized prevention and early intervention for alcohol and substance use before consequences become severe, or individuals become dependent on alcohol or other drugs.  Because it is not necessary for individuals to travel to our facility in person, the initial apprehension individuals may feel about speaking with a certified alcohol & drug counselor is greatly reduced.  A second goal of VTP is to make treatment more accessible for individuals at all levels of substance use severity.  Not only does VTP allow individuals experiencing physical or transportation barriers to more easily access treatment, the flexibility of the program offers broad effectiveness for treatment:

  1. Low risk for harm—VTP offers a safe and confidential way to explore present issues and help to access the options available for help
  2. Moderate risk for harm—VTP offers counseling to help build coping skills, and to facilitate participation in an ongoing supportive community for recovery
  3. Severe risk for harm—VTP offers interim counseling to help maintain motivation and commitment to recovery when individuals are still waiting to receive residential or onsite outpatient treatment
  4. Already in recovery—VTP offers continuing support to individuals going through a difficult transition
 
VTP services are available in English and Spanish, and are no cost for qualifying individuals.  If you would like to access services, refer someone, or learn more about VTP, please call (818) 654-3821, or email vtp@tarzanatc.org.
 
Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependence, drug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.

Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

New to Medicare?

by James Heller 17. January 2013 11:38
One thing never seems to change with Medicare.  Every year, a lot of people become eligible for this insurance coverage, and many of them become very confused.  What is Medicare? What is covered? Where do I go for medical care?
The information is all online and on brochures from the government, but it’s the rare individual who reads it all.  So Tarzana Treatment Centers will help to get you started with ease.
 
 
In case you didn’t know, we provide integrated health care services, which means that you can get medical, mental health, and substance use services at our locations.  Many of the services we provide are covered by Medicare plans, and Medi-Cal in case you are eligible for both programs.  The great benefit of coming to our clinics for medical care is that you won’t need to be referred out if you have mental health or substance use disorders.

Maybe the best recent news is that we provide the new Medicare Preventive services.  These services are designed to help you maintain good health, and to enable early treatment of problems that may arise.  These services include flu shots, smoking cessation, and screenings for cardiovascular problems, diabetes, or HIV, among many others.  And, as we mentioned above, we can quickly treat you for any medical or mental health needs that are discovered.

Tarzana Treatment Centers invites you to contact us for information about your covered Medicare plan services and an appointment.  We can get you started with preventive services, and help you to plan for your future health care needs.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.

Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Newton Shootings and Mental Health

by James Heller 19. December 2012 10:34
The tragic event in Newtown, CT, where a man killed 20 children and 6 adults, has spawned a new wave of stories about access to mental health treatment. You may have read that treatment isn’t available, or that it’s too expensive and inaccessible.  The truth is that treatment is available and affordable for anyone who needs it, and Tarzana Treatment Centers works hard to spread the word. 
 
 
When we see the capacity of the human mind come out in such a terrible manner, the first question is if there was a history of mental illness.  After all, a healthy person would never even consider committing this horror.  So we get distracted by trying to get answers to how this could happen in a civilized society. Then we get mad because, “Something should have been done to prevent this”.  And then we can accept that, sometimes, bad things happen that can’t be explained.

The good news is that this process is very healthy.  We’re grieving as a nation because the crime was unfathomable.  We were caught by surprise.  The discussions with friends and strangers alike help us to get past the disbelief, resistance, anger, and to finally accept that it happened.  If you are stuck on any part of the grieving process, you should seek short-term therapy.  It will help you process the emotions, and you will learn how to cope better in the future.

The bad news is that many people who could use that short-term therapy or a long-term form of treatment for severe illness won’t seek it.  It may be a fear of being stigmatized, which won’t happen because treatment is confidential, and we care enough to keep it that way.  They may fear that they can’t afford it, which often keeps them from beginning the research for help, so they never find out that public funding, including Medicare, can usually cover them.

Family members might make a call for a loved one, but they often don’t follow through.  This is a tragedy because it may just take one therapy session to see an improvement.  For most new admissions to mental health treatment, this offers hope that they didn’t think existed, and they gladly enter long-term therapy. So you only need to get them to the facility, and we can do the rest.  You may be surprised how easy it is to do this.

We have many programs at Tarzana Treatment Centers for mental health treatment, covering minor cases of depression to severe mental disability.  We accept Medicare, Medi-Cal, Healthy Way LA, and several other forms of public funding.  If you or a loved one is sick, treatment is needed.  It starts by picking up the phone or filling out a contact form.  As soon as you take that first step, you will feel the weight begin to lift from your shoulders.  We know this from years of experience.

It may never come to light what caused Adam Lanza to commit the unthinkable, and it probably doesn’t matter on a personal level.  What matters most is that we are healthy as a society, and we take care of each other when tragedy strikes.  We offer our services so you, our neighbors, friends, and family, can stay healthy when the going gets tough.  And we have set our services up so you can access them and afford them.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.

Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.