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New HIV Medical Care Clinics in the Antelope Valley

by James Heller 12. November 2010 15:22
Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc. in Los Angeles (TTC) plans to open one HIV medical clinic in Palmdale and a second clinic site in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley (AV).  Tarzana Treatment Centers will provide low and no cost primary medical care, specialty care, dental care, case management, mental health, and transportation assistance to Antelope Valley residents living with HIV/AIDS.  This is yet another example of our commitment to provide integrated health services to underserved individuals in Southern California.

Tarzana Treatment Centers already treats thousands every year for medical, mental health, substance use, and behavioral disorders.  Our expertise doesn’t stop with providing a wide array of services, though.  We integrate services so patients can receive all of them “under one roof”.  Even if patients need long-term residential alcohol and drug treatment, for example, we provide the health care services they need so treatment is not interrupted.

The original goal of health care integration was to provide worry-free treatment to substance abuse and behavioral health patients, and it has evolved to include most common health care needs.  By applying this to HIV/AIDS services we set the stage for patients to live long and fruitful lives.  This is because many of them live with substance use and/or mental health disorders which can deter them from getting the treatment they need.  By integrating health services, we can treat all issues for each patient.  And in most cases, we can treat them all at the same time.

With an expert staff of medical and behavioral health providers, our new clinic sites in the Antelope Valley will serve 350 patients living with HIV/AIDS in the first year of operation.  As with the HIV services we provide in the San Fernando Valley, patients will have access to needed medications, medical care, mental health treatment, alcohol and drug treatment, and more.  The Office of AIDS Programs and Policy (OAPP) grant that funds the clinics allows us to also provide services for oral health needs, lab work, and transportation as well.

The inclusion of case management for medical and mental health is what most benefits our patients living with HIV/AIDS.  Individuals who have medical and mental health issues that require treatment, for example, can schedule appointments in the same time frame at one location.  A Case Manager oversees patients’ treatment to ensure they get all of the services they need.  This means convenience and better health for HIV positive individuals seeking health care at Tarzana Treatment Centers.

Comprehensive assessment services at Tarzana Treatment Centers give our Case Managers a clear picture of the health care needs for each new patient.  After medical and psychological assessments, lab tests, and basic interviews, we know the primary and secondary issues that patients face.  We can then admit patients into our various programs as needed, and Case Managers can follow their progress and adjust treatment as may be necessary.

Health care becomes a top priority for individuals when they discover they are HIV positive.  Tarzana Treatment Centers seeks to decrease the number of those who postpone treatment for any reason with these convenient clinics.  When more of the HIV positive community receives treatment, we have a chance to limit spreading of the virus.  So our HIV treatment services not only help the individuals we treat, but the public at large as well.

The mission of Tarzana Treatment Centers at our HIV medical clinics is to help individuals to live long and healthy lives.  We provide a setting that encourages them to look forward at life, in a positive manner.    Our patients are therefore empowered to live normal lives and continue with the treatment they need.  We make them active players in treatment which gives them a better sense of self and ownership.

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.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependence, drug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us here.

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.

Telehealth Technology Provides Security and Simplicity

by James Heller 9. September 2010 13:21
Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides telemedicine services to qualified patients in alcohol and drug treatment, mental health treatment, and primary medical care.  After careful research of the technology available, we chose to partner with MDLiveCare in Florida so we could deliver services conveniently and securely at affordable rates.  The technology was a key in making our decision considering what our patients would need in order to use these services.

During our research of available telehealth technologies for video conference sessions, we were happy to discover that most of our services could be delivered through this medium.  Assessments of new patients entering addiction treatment or mental health treatment can be completed before they come to one of our locations.  This allows our staff to better prepare for their arrival, and saves patients critical time in on-site admissions time.  It can also be used for outpatient services for some patients.  We can also see qualified patients in primary medical care from their homes and offices.  

The MDLiveCare technology is browser-based.  This means that patients simply need to open Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or whatever they use on a daily basis, and log in to their account.  Once logged in, a simple interface makes it easy for them to schedule appointments with Providers, send and read secure messages with them, and view records.  Anyone who browses the internet should be able to use the interfaces we provide, known as MDLiveVisit and TherapyLiveVisit.

Much of the technology used for telehealth video conferencing today would be considered complicated by the everyday computer user.  Some require special software that, putting it simply, directly connects one specific computer with another over long distances.  This adds work for the patient in setting up the software, which may not go well and lead to a need for technical support.  Also, if the program crashes there is no backup means to connect to a session, creating a delay in services.  These are issues that patients do not want to deal with when they need health care.

The MDLiveVisit and TherapyLiveVisit interfaces that are used by Tarzana Treatment Centers require no initial setup on patient computers.  They only need a login ID and temporary password to get started.  Literally within minutes, patients can set an appointment to see one of our health care providers.  And, if the browser they are using happens to crash, they can switch to another to start or resume a session.  All of this simplicity is delivered with the same or better security as those described above.

The LiveVisit application was started using the popular Flash Player to deliver video.  This meant that almost anyone already had the software needed to send and receive video before they used LiveVisit.  To improve services, a switch was made to using the VSee video format in LiveVisit.  The new format uses less bandwidth, meaning that even patients with very slow internet access can send and receive smooth video.  Patients still do not need to install bulky software to use this advanced video format.

We chose to partner with MDLiveCare and use the LiveVisit telehealth applications because the simplicity and security satisfied our high standards in delivering services to patients.  The goal was to make getting treatment easier for patients, with almost no chance that problems will occur.  No special equipment is needed, either, other than an inexpensive webcam since high resolution is not necessary in LiveVisit.

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.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependence, drug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us here.

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.

Now Providing Online Treatment 24/7

by James Heller 24. June 2010 10:08
Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles has taken pride in our efforts to remain current with health technology advancements.  We have now partnered with MDLiveCare to provide telemedicine services.  This will enable us to offer alcohol and drug treatment, mental health treatment, and medical care via video conference technology, which will allow access to more individuals who need these services.

Please click the link below to read the press release:

MDLiveCare® Health Services, Inc. Announces Agreements in California, Florida and Illinois as It Continues Building National Provider Network and Licensing Relationships


Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides 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.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependence, drug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us here.

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.

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Primary Health Care in Los Angeles

by James Heller 28. April 2010 13:18
Getting medical health care can be a problem for several reasons.  Cost, location, and lack of insurance are all reasons that individuals postpone or neglect health care.  Some may not want to get treatment from their regular physician for some ailments, as well.  The primary medical care clinics at Tarzana Treatment Centers can help in any of these situations.

We have two medical care clinics located in the San Fernando Valley (Northridge) and in the Antelope Valley (Lancaster).  At each clinic we provide health care services to the communities that are affordable and local.  Whether you need drug testing for your employees, treatment for HIV and other STDs, or injury and illness treatments, we can help.

The care we provide is confidential, caring, and convenient.  Our health care services also ensure a continuum of care to our patients in alcohol and drug treatment.  We also staff medical professionals with years of experience with HIV at our clinics to treat individuals utilizing our HIV services.

For more information, please click the link below to view our flyer:


Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides primary medical care at our clinics.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependence, drug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us here.

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.

Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals More Likely to Seek Treatment

by James Heller 28. September 2009 08:13
There is a marked prevalence of substance use and mental health disorders among lesbians, gays, and bisexuals. However, compared to heterosexuals, this group is twice as likely to seek alcohol and drug treatment, and mental health treatment. Additionally, those with co-occurring mental health disorders are most likely to seek treatment services and resources.

According to a UCLA School of Public Health study, researchers discovered that approximately 50% of lesbians, gays, and bisexuals report seeking treatment from a mental health professional, but approximately only 25% of heterosexuals had. The School of Public Health reports that lesbians and bisexual females seek services the most, while heterosexual males seek services the least.

Study researcher, Susan Cochran said that “greater exposure to discrimination, violence and other stressful life events may explain why gays, lesbians and bisexuals are more likely to seek treatment for these disorders”. However, there continue to be barriers and unmet needs for gays, lesbians, and bisexuals seeking substance abuse and mental health treatment.

Therefore, understanding gender and sexual orientation helps reveal what predisposes individuals to seek out services which will help improve the treatment of mental health and substance abuse.

For more information:
http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-244x-9-52.pdf

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shots/2009/08/gays-lesbians-bisexual-mental-health-.html

http://www.ajc.com/health/content/shared-auto/healthnews/homo/629995.html

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides mental health treatment as part of our commitment to integrated behavioral healthcare in alcohol and drug treatment.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependence or drug addiction with co-occurring mental health disorders, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us here.

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.