Strong Health Launches Hispanic Version of Strong Ties Program

Lazos Fuertes Integrates Medical and Psychiatric Services

November 08, 1999

Spanish for "Strong Ties," Lazos Fuertes is the newest Strong Health program geared toward the Hispanic community. Based on the successful and nationally recognized Strong Ties program for the severely mentally ill, Lazos Fuertes goes one step further by providing medical and psychiatric care to these patients. Adult patients (18+) in Monroe County who are Spanish speaking or of Hispanic decent are eligible for the program, as long as they are in need of both medical and mental health services.

Telva Olivares, M.D., director of Lazos Fuertes, is the only Spanish-speaking physician in Monroe County dually-trained in medicine and psychiatry. "I am dedicated to delivering quality integrated care to the Hispanic community and I am thankful to the University and Strong Ties for supporting Lazos Fuertes," says Olivares.

Lazos Fuertes primary care services include: a comprehensive initial history and physical, an annual physical examination, health maintenance, acute or urgent visits, inpatient hospitalization, and after-hours coverage.

Psychiatric services include: a comprehensive evaluation and assessment, treatment plan recommendations, therapeutic interventions, psychopharmacologic interventions, case management services, and after-hours coverage.

The bicultural/bilingual staff includes a therapist, case manager, and secretary/ receptionist. Olivares expects the staff to grow as the program expands.

Lazos Fuertes is located within the Strong Ties Community Support Program at 1650 Elmwood Avenue. For more information, call 275-0300.

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