Dr. Ana Turner is a street psychiatrist, treating those experiencing both homelessness and mental illness on the streets of downtown Jacksonville. Street psychiatry involves literally meeting patients where they are, with a “mobile” office, finding those most marginalized in our society to treat them in the field. This can involve drawing labs, administering medication, and coordinating wrap-around services to meet their significant psychosocial needs. She brings students and residents to each outing and has become the program director for the UF Jacksonville Psychiatry Residency and co-created the UF Jacksonville Community Psychiatry Fellowship.
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How a Jacksonville mental health program is keeping people arrested dozens of times out of jail & hospitals
News 4 Jax tv
Jacksonville’s City Council allocated $600,000 for the project, and the state of Florida appropriated another $700,000 — that’s a total of $1.3 million to run the program for now. With this money, MHOP is expanding to 40 participants, but that’s still a small percentage of more than 200 people that authorities have identified as eligible. Program leaders say that the cost is relatively low and that they help participants apply for benefits, which offset their living, rehabilitation and medical expenses.
UF psychiatrists deliver antibiotics, surgical supplies to Ukrainian border
UF McKnight Brain Institute online
UF Health Jacksonville psychiatrists Ana Turner, M.D., and Kitty Leung, M.D., made a whirlwind, weekend-long trip to a Polish city near the Ukrainian border to hand-deliver four large suitcases full of antibiotics, syringes, safety needles, catheters, surgical supplies, germicidal wipes, support bands and gauze to a convent helping Ukrainian refugees of the Russian invasion.
Taking Psychiatry to the Streets
The Post online
It’s a hot summer afternoon and as Ana Turner, M.D., steps onto the pavement she notices looming rain clouds. Meanwhile, Chris is sitting in his usual spot in front of a beautiful new mural in downtown Jacksonville. “Are you coming to the shelter tonight, Chris? It looks like it’s going to rain,” Turner asks. Chris reluctantly nods in response and accepts the bagged lunch that Turner brought him.
A street medicine view of tobacco use in patients with schizophreniaCurrent Psychiatry
John W. Figg, et. al
Treatment of schizophrenia involves multimodal management of a patient’s life, including reducing maladaptive habits that are harmful to health. Chronic smoking in patients with schizophrenia is associated not only with atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease, but also with poor neurologic functioning, such as significant impairment in attention, working memory, learning, executive function, reasoning, problem-solving and speed of processing.
Jail Diversion Program Implementation in a Homeless Patient With Schizophrenia: A Case ReportCureus
Lauren M. Katzell, et. al
With a majority of prisoners in the United States having a history of mental illness and only half of these receiving mental health treatment, it became imperative to develop programs to assist those with mental illness to avoid repeated incarceration. The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Criminal Mental Health Project (CMHP) was developed to decrease recidivism in patients with serious mental illness (SMI).
AACP Model CirriculumAmerican Association for Community Psychiatry
Sarah Vinson, et. al
The AACP Model Curriculum Project was co-developed by members of the AACP with particular leadership by Sarah Vinson, Laurel Blackman, Liz Chapman and Ana Turner. An outline of resources contained in the curriculum, along with links to access presentations, facilitator handouts and participant handouts follows.