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David Swann

David Swann, CEO, Crossroads Behavioral Healthcare

Surry County | Northwest AHEC

Community Health Partnerships

In an effort to better serve children with behavioral health problems, Northwest AHEC is collaborating with Northwest Community Care Network (NCCN), Crossroads Behavioral Healthcare, and the Department of Pediatrics at Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFUHS). The group is working to foster interest in the integration of mental health professionals into pediatric primary care setting.

Since March 2008 the group has been meeting with two Surry County pediatric practices to define the needs and potential business models for mental health services in their respective practices. Together they developed job descriptions and interviewed candidates, recently resulting in the hire of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the Elkin practice and a Licensed Professional Counselor for the Mt. Airy practice. Jim Graham of NCCN, Dr. Jane Foy of WFUHS and Northwest AHEC, and David Swann, CEO of Crossroads, have provided technical assistance to the practices and are collaborating to provide training for newly hired mental health professionals, pediatric clinicians, and staff. The group is also working with the WFUHS Department of Psychiatry to explore models of child psychiatry consultation for the practices.

“We often hear the words collaboration and know that the pooling of talents and resources is the key to success. To see collaboration as strong as this one in action has been inspiring. The expertise provided by Dr. Foy through AHEC and Jim Graham with NCCN brought the necessary tools to the table to make a vision a reality. Because of this unique collaboration hundreds upon hundreds of children in Surry County will receive behavioral health care services through their primary care physician’s office,” said David Swann, CEO Crossroads Behavioral Healthcare.