Henry County Medical Center Opens Paris Behavioral Health in Partnership with Integrative Health Centers and GrowWell TN Telehealth Network

CUTLINE 1 – Pictured is LeighAnn Lockwood, Nurse Practitioner with Paris Behavioral Health.  She will be offering medication management services for children and adults beginning today via telehealth.

CUTLINE 2 – Pictured is Melissa Dye, LCSW with Paris Behavioral Health.  She will be offering therapy services for children and adults beginning today via telehealth.

Paris, TN– A year in the making, Henry County Medical Center is pleased to announce that access to outpatient therapy is now available to the community at the newly established Paris Behavioral Health, thanks to a partnership with Integrative Health Centers.

Paris Behavioral Health will open its doors today, Monday, February 14, with telehealth visits available with both a Nurse Practitioner and Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  The clinic is part of our Rural Health Clinics and is located in our Medical Arts Building in Suite 202 seeing patients virtually on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

In February 2021, HCMC hosted a community collaborative that focused on behavioral health in our community.  Three areas of focus were identified by the group:  education, poverty, and access.  An entire educational campaign on behavioral health was launched in May 2021 and today helps to address the access component that was identified as a need in our community.

“Mental Health struggles are more common than most physical illnesses, however, despite the prevalence they often go untreated due to stigma,” said Gina Matlock, Community Champion. “Throughout the past nine months, we have provided education and transparent personal stories to encourage people to take that first step. I am so happy this partnership with IHC will allow our children, neighbors, and friends to meet with a provider and be their best self.”

Patients will have the option to come to the clinic and engage in a telehealth visit onsite with assistance from our staff or they can have a visit directly from the comfort of their home or wherever they might be.  Paris Behavioral Health is offering behavioral health, mental health and psychiatric services for children and adults in a confidential and caring environment.

This service is available in conjunction with our GrowWell Telehealth Network, which is a partnership funded by a HRSA Rural Health Network Development grant that allows partners to obtain access to services in our region via telehealth.  Behavioral Health was one of those services that is a focus for this grant.

“Increased access to behavioral health services is incredibly important for our community, and we couldn’t be happier that telehealth is helping to bridge the gap,” said Rachel Matlock, GrowWell TN Network Telehealth Director. “This will open doors that will allow even more people in our area to receive vital mental health treatment, and for that we are thankful.”

LeighAnn Lockwood, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 2020 with a Master of Science in Nursing. She is board certified to treat various psychiatric and substance abuse disorders across the lifespan but is most passionate about child and adolescent psychiatry. Lockwood grew up in New Jersey but has resided in the Middle Tennessee area since 2015. She loves living in Music City and frequents writers’ rounds where she enjoys hearing the stories behind the music.  Additionally, she loves spending time outdoors and can be found hiking Nashville’s many parks with her goldendoodle, Bentley.  Her areas of focus include medication management, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, anxiety, depression and mood disorders, ADHD, and coping skills as well as pediatric and adult crisis and acute care.

Melissa Dye, LCSW, is a lifelong resident of Southwest Virginia and attended University of Virginia at Wise, completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology in 1997. She began her career working with individuals with intellectual disabilities. She returned to Radford University where she received her graduate degree in Social Work in 2011. In 2007, she began working in mental health case management with children and adolescents before moving to school-based day treatment services. After graduating from Radford University, she began working in inpatient psychiatric services where she remained for four and half years. After obtaining her distinction as Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2014, she began working in outpatient therapy and progressed to full time outpatient therapy and as a clinical supervisor.

Her experience ranges from working with pediatric, adolescent, and geriatric populations. She has specialties focused in substance abuse, trauma and has been trained in EMDR. She is well versed in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Relapse Prevention, Solution Focused, Motivational Interviewing, Structural Family Therapy and Mindfulness Therapy models.

She and her husband, who also works in the mental health/substance abuse field, enjoy spending time with their two adult daughters and their son-in-law. She strives to have empathy and compassion as we are all living this life together.

“We are extremely excited to offer this new service with new providers through our partnership with IHC and our Rural Health Clinics,” said Kristy Chesser, Director of Physician Practice.  “It has been a much-needed service and establishing Paris Behavioral Health with Transitions Health made perfect sense.  Caring for the whole patient is essential as we move toward integration and population health for our communities we serve.”

Paris Behavioral Health accepts Medicare, TennCare, Medicaid, and most commercial insurance.  Referrals and appointments can be made by calling 731-644-8441.  Appointments are available on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon, and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For questions and more information, call us at 731-644-8441 or go online at www.hcmc-tn.org.  A list of frequently asked questions is also available on the website related to this service.

About Henry County Medical Center

Located in Paris, TN, Henry County Medical Center is a progressive, integrated healthcare organization committed to serving the healthcare needs of Henry County and the adjoining region.  Including a 142-bed hospital and other facilities, the medical center provides a variety of outpatient services, as well as inpatient care. Additionally, HCMC owns and operates 8 provider clinics in various specialties.  Henry County Medical Center is a county-owned and operated nonprofit institution. For more information: www.hcmc-tn.org