medication management and analysis
Partnering with the individuals we serve and medical professionals, we not only create an alliance that is therapeutic, but one of a heavy scientific validity.
operationalized behavior criteria
Put simply, we follow the behavior. Morning Star is one of the first and only companies to operationalize the symptoms of mental Illness according to the DSM-V. By doing this, we can measure symptoms and more clearly identify the therapeutic dosage of medication. We work daily with psychiatrists who look at the graphical display of data and consider them in making their treatment decisions. This method also gives feedback to the individual served about how they are doing and what they can do as a part of the treatment team.
physicians becoming a part of the therapeutic alliance
Putting control of the individual’s treatment back into his or her hands is a profound and different way of practicing medicine. Placing the person first in finding the best possible treatment can be scary, but it pays great dividends towards independence.
When becoming a part of the alliance, the individual and the team work together to support the individual’s dream. It also fosters invaluable trust.
testing for autism
Morning Star Partners were asked to participate in ADOS-2 training at the Peabody Institute at Vanderbilt University to be certified to give the gold standard assessment for autism. We are able to give this assessment, as well as a battery of others that allow us to partner with physicians to give a clear and accurate picture of the person to lead to a diagnosis. Morning Star cannot diagnose autism on its own. However, we can run the assessments for which only a select few in the field are given certifications.
Morning Star has also partnered with geneticists with IDgenetix looking at how psychotropic medications metabolize for each person according to their personal DNA. This is done through a simple swab of the mouth and is sent off to be analyzed. A report is given to the physician describing what medications metabolize in the person’s system the best, as well as which medications may have a dampened effect. This is helpful to our individuals because, so often, they come to use with several medications that are supposed to be doing the same thing. This test gives us and the physicians more wisdom when titrating medications up or down.