Integrated Care

What is Integrated Care?

Integrated healthcare is the systematic coordination of general and mental healthcare. This model focuses on whole-person care to address each patient’s mental health needs in collaboration with their primary care provider. Integrating mental health and primary care services improves access and quality of care for people with multiple healthcare needs.

Services include:

  • Diagnoistic assessments
  • Medication management
  • Psychotherapy
  • Care coordination
  • Linkage to services

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Meet Our Team!

Tamar Carmel, M.D. (Director of Integrated Care Services)

Dr. “T” Carmel is the psychiatrist leading the Integrated Care Services team at Metro Community Health Center. Working with his team and the clinic’s Primary Care Providers, Dr. T provides whole-person care and support to Metro patients with mental health needs, assisting patients in their journey of recovery from mental illness to lead more fulfilling lives. Dr. T specializes in treatment of an array of mental/emotional difficulties, including depression, anxiety disorders, trauma/PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder.  He also specializes in LGBTQ+ mental wellness, providing LGBTQ knowledgeable and affirming care. Dr. T utilizes a trauma-informed, collaborative approach and believes strongly in recovery-oriented care.  In his non-clinical life, Dr. T enjoys spending quality time with his spouse, cuddling his furry children, and eating pastries.

Board Certifications:

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

American Board of Family Medicine

Education:

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Residency:

Combined Psychiatry and Family Medicine residency at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and UPMC McKeesport

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Stephanie Baverso, LCSW.

Stephanie has been a social worker in health care for 11 years. She received her masters in social work from San Jose State University in 2007 and her LCSW in 2015. Stephanie started her career working in hospice care, moved to a hospital setting, and is now excited to be joining Metro’s Integrated Care Services team. Stephanie has a specialty in working with LGBTQ+ mental wellness, chronic illness, grief, caregiving, and crisis management. She is generalist practitioner meaning that she utilizes many different modalities including: solutions focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, interpersonal psychotherapy, problem solving therapy, and exposure therapy. Stephanie works from a strengths and empowerment based model. Stephanie moved to Pittsburgh in 2016 and in her spare time enjoys exploring the city with her wife and pets.

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Monique Smith, Program Coordinator

Monique Smith is the Program Coordinator for the Integrated Care Services team. She will be the one coordinating services, setting up patients with resources, referrals, registration/intake, and scheduling appointments to see Stephanie, LCSW and/or Dr. T, the psychiatrist. If you are a Metro patient and are interested in ICS, please stop in and see Monique! During her personal time, Monique enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and learning about diversity/culture of others.