TIES Clinic exists to provide psychiatric care and consultation to individuals with developmental disabilities or traumatic brain injuries who are unable to obtain psychiatric care from other providers due to financial situation, behavioral issues, or medical complexity. The clinic is scheduled on Wednesdays every other week with Steve Singer, MD, and once a month on Thursdays with Lauren Bern, MD. Both are psychiatrists who have extensive experience treating persons with developmental disabilities. The contact person for the clinic is Carole Briggs, RN, BSN.
The TIES Clinic is associated with the Community TIES Behavioral Support Program which is coordinated and supervised by Paul White, MA, and the Crisis Response Program which is supervised by Axel Junker, MS.
TIES Clinic, TIES Behavioral Support, and Crisis Response personnel all work together to optimize necessary support for individuals. TIES Clinic provides both consultation appointments and ongoing psychiatric care. At the current time, TIES Clinic does not offer psychotherapy. When possible, stable patients are referred back to their primary physician or a community psychiatrist for continuing care. Funding to support the clinic is obtained from Dane County Human Services (ACS), Medical Assistance, Medicare, and private insurance and HMOs (when available).
For most patients of TIES Clinic, psychiatric assessment and treatment depend upon the active involvement and participation of other members of the support team. With the consumer's (and/or the guardian's) permission, family members, case managers/support brokers, residential and vocational support staff, teachers, AFH providers, and guardians are welcomed and encouraged to attend appointments and to share information about their observation of symptoms and their evaluation of the progress of treatment with the patient and the TIES Clinic staff.