Colin Kelly, ARNP with Comprehensive Healthcare is now accepting new patients at their Benton/Franklin County location at 2715 Saint Andrews Loop, Suite C in Pasco.
Kelly is a psychiatric nurse practitioner and obtained his nursing degree from East Tennessee University and his Masters of Science in Nursing with a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner certification from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Comprehensive Healthcare anticipates what is being referred to as a “mental health wave” or a surge in the need for behavioral health services in the fall and early winter months of 2020. This projected “wave” was outlined in a study by the Washington State Department of Health as a result of the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Jodi Daly, Ph.D., President and CEO, Comprehensive Healthcare, behavioral health services in Benton and Franklin Counties are already in high demand.
“Our decision to expand services in the Tri-Cities area was due to the rising demand for behavioral health services in the area combined with a shortage of providers,” said Daly.
Right now, the Comprehensive Healthcare office in Benton/Franklin County can schedule and see clients within one week.
Kelly shared that in recent months he has been able to help a number of individuals with persistent behavioral health symptoms or disorders. “To see someone recover from mental illness even something as severe as an extreme psychotic break, then be able to continue doing what they love to do and functioning independently—it has been incredible to help those individuals be a part of that,” said Kelly.
According to Kelly, patient success is also heavily reliant on collaboration with physical health providers such as their primary care physician or specialists like neurologists and endocrinologists. He says close medication management with the help of a psychiatric provider can be extremely beneficial as multiple medications could cause patients to experience worsening mental or physical health symptoms. To contact Kelly or other behavioral health professionals at Comprehensive Healthcare in Pasco, please call (509) 412-1051.