Director of Psychosocial Services Works to Integrate Primary Care and Mental Health
BERKELEY, CA - Brenda Goldstein, LifeLong Medical Care’s Director of Psychosocial Services, received honorable mention for the May is Mental Health Month 2016 Achievement Award from the City of Berkeley.
Goldstein has worked tirelessly for 30 years to create programs that make it possible for the most vulnerable and marginalized communities to improve their health and well being, while being treated with respect and dignity.
“Brenda has been a leader at LifeLong and among community health centers in improving integrated mental health and primary care for both the homeless population and the severely mentally ill,” says LifeLong Medical Care’s Executive Director, Marty Lynch.
She has worked locally and statewide to spearhead the integration of primary care and mental health services. Her work has created better access to whole-person care for people in low-income communities.
This integrated approach to care means that the 52,000 low-income individuals served by LifeLong Medical Care have easy access to mental health services. The mental health professionals work side by side with primary care providers to help each patient achieve wellness.
Goldstein has developed LifeLong Medical Care’s Supportive Housing Program into a nationally recognized model of care serving dually diagnosed homeless adults. In addition, through her work, LifeLong is a key partner in many homeless-services collaboratives in Berkeley and beyond.
The Interim Care Program has produced impressive outcomes by connecting recently discharged hospital patients -- many of whom are living with a mental illness and active use of drugs/alcohol -- to their primary care doctor, and helping them enroll in eligible programs and support services. The program also provides safe housing and meals so patients are able to recuperate with dignity.
“Brenda is recognized as an innovator, builds community partnership to leverage improved care, and advises health centers and community partners on policies and practices necessary to support high-quality care for adults with complex problems,” says Lynch. “She is uniformly respected for her integrity, creativity, and commitment to our patients.”
About LifeLong Medical Care: LifeLong Medical Care is an innovative, non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center serving Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties with 14 health centers, two Dental Centers, an Adult Day Health Center, three school-based health centers, a Supportive Housing Program, and Urgent Care services. For more information visit: www.lifelongmedical.org.