GFHS’ core services include primary medical, behavioral health and dental care to children and adults at several locations across Catawba, Davidson, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties.
Over the past decade, professionals in both the mental health and physical health communities have developed a strong interest in the integration of behavioral health services into the primary care medical system.
Recognizing the multiple needs in the communities we serve, GFHS has moved towards a fully integrated care model in order to provide supportive services beyond the scope of traditional primary care. Our integrated care model allows both primary care and behavioral health to work in a shared system.
GFHS’ Behavioral Health services are now provided at 13 locations.
GFHS’ Behavioral Health provider team, which includes Licensed Psychologists, an MD and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) are available during regular clinic hours, working with your medical provider, to address a variety of concerns including:
- Alcohol Use
- Chronic medical conditions*
- Energy Level
- Substance Use
- Tobacco Use
- Well Child Check Assessments
Psychiatric consultation and psychiatric medication management is also available at some locations. Appointments are available on site at the GFHS Counseling Center on Oakland Street in Gastonia or at any GFHS Medical Location. For more information about the Gaston Family Health Services’ Behavioral Health Program, call 704-874-9005
For details about our locations, the services offered, and to find the practice that is right for you, click on the ‘Make an Appointment’ Icon on our Home page, or the LOCATIONS tab on this website.
GFHS is committed to providing care for the whole family and the overall health needs of the whole patient. In addition to Behavioral health services offered at all medical locations, pediatric medical services are often co-located with family medical practices or are conveniently located nearby, as are adult and children’s dental services. GFHS is a healthcare home of choice for its patients.
More detailed information about GFHS’ integrated services and programs such as medical and dental services pharmacies, medication assistance programs, interpretation assistance, 24-hour provider availability, after-hours medical advice line, specialty referrals, clinics and education programs for diabetes, nutrition and vision care, to name a few, can be found under the SERVICES tab on this website.
Substance Abuse Program
In response to the Opioid Epidemic and rising rates of unintentional overdose deaths in our communities, GFHS has taken steps to increase screening, identification, and treatment of substance use disorders within our practices. Questons about substance use and risk taking behaviors are asked at every medical visit. In addition, GFHS offers screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) services to provide the best possible care for patients who need substance abuse treatment.
GFHS has also partnered with local hospitals, substance use community organizations and Health Departments to develop a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program for opioid dependence. The MAT program uses a combination of medication and behavioral interventions to provide evidence-based treatment for at-risk groups. The program focuses on pregnant women with opioid dependence and works with local Health Departments to identify potential participants for MAT.