Camden County has a new psychiatrist coming to the community. Camden Behavioral Health, along with other partnering community organizations, announced the arrival of Dr. Hadas Maimon on Monday.
The search for a fulltime psychiatrist has been a three-year project according to Molly McCue of the Camden Behavioral Wellness Board. Halmon was recruited through the National Health Service Corps program.
“We now have a doctor,” said McCue.
According to the Corps website, more than 50,000 primary care, medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health professionals have served in the organization since its inception in 1972.
Dr. Maimon will serve under-insured and non-insured patients coordinated throughout the Camden’s behavioral health network in the community. Through the National Health Corp, Maimon will serve four years in Camden County.
The recruitment process also included the most immediate need for mental health services in the community, particularly with addictions. According to market research performed by a regional behavioral health board, 75 percent of the patients seen in the area are uninsured. Out of that 75 percent, 100 percent of a co-occurring mental health issue, according to John Haigler, Chief Executive Officer of Coastal Community Behavioral Board.
“Finding places to refer patients that don’t have any money has not been the easiest thing in the world,” states Haigler.
Haigler stated that Gateway Community Health is one place for the uninsured to seek help, but they are overwhelmed.
In Georgia, for people between the ages of 12-17 who have major depressive disorder, 62.9 percent received no services for their illness in a given year (2015 data). This is aligned to the national average for this age group, according to Haigler. For adults over age 18, 61 percent did not receive treatment for major depressive disorder. Georgia leads the nation for those individuals not receiving treatment for substance abuse. Eighty-six percent of the people in Georgia did not receive treatment for substance abuse who have a substance abuse disorder.
“If you live outside of a major metropolitan area with really good insurance, there is a lack of treatment available,” Haigler explains. “If you have watched a news station in the last 24-hours, you will know this is not a joke with mental health.”
“It is awesome that Dr. Maimon is coming to town to help us with our needs and working with CBW and partnering with the other organizations in town. I truly believe it is going to take a group effort. It is not just one agency; it’s going to take non-profits, governmental, quasi-governmental, private companies, the hospital and law enforcement working together to get this problem under control.”
Dr. Maimon will work in multiple locations throughout Camden County so that people who do not have transportation can have access to her services. Wait times are also expected to be decreased at the hospital by adding Dr. Malmon’s services to the community along with working with the county jail and homeless populations to treat those with no insurance.
Dr. Maimon received her medical training and residency at Morehouse College Medical School and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.