Franciscan Health Dyer partners with Signet Health to manage behavioral health services

Franciscan Health Dyer partners with Signet Health to manage behavioral health services

Franciscan Health Dyer announces a partnership with Signet Health to provide management and advisory services for its growing behavioral health service line, which recently expanded its adolescent programs.

Earlier this year, Signet partnered with Franciscan Health Michigan City at its behavioral health unit, bringing “a wealth of expertise and an experienced team focused on behavioral health and rehab,” according to Scott Mundell, administrative director of business development at Franciscan Alliance.

While Signet is serving in an advisory and management capacity, patient care will still be provided by Franciscan Health, he added.

Signet Health is based in North Richland Hills, Texas, and operates in 30 states. It has become an industry leader in working with hospital leadership to create behavioral health programs rooted in best practices and innovative therapies through their expertise and commitment to advocate for the vulnerable.

“Signet really brings that expertise in managing and operating mental health services, assessing what services are needed in the community and guiding us in the best way to provide those,” Mundell said.

“It is a great honor to expand our Franciscan Health partnership to include the Dyer, Hammond and Munster communities,” said Joy Figarsky, Signet Health president and chief operating officer. “The need for access to behavioral health services has reached a critical level across the United States — especially for children and adolescents. Franciscan Health’s current initiatives and future-focused commitment to the growth of the behavioral health service line coupled with Signet’s mission to advocate for the vulnerable, will make a difference in many lives.”

In December 2021, Franciscan Health Dyer dedicated an expansion of its behavioral health programs for adolescents to meet a growing need for such services. Dyer’s facilities now include 20 inpatient beds for adolescents, 26 beds for adults and four beds focused on chemical dependency. Franciscan Health Dyer also provides: Emergency Care Services (ECS), Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and other outpatient behavioral health services on the continuum of care.

The St. Francis Center is an adolescent residential treatment center on the campus of Franciscan Health Dyer, providing intensive therapy in a secure environment. The center houses up to 42 youths, ages 12 to 18, in two levels: separate locked units with 15 beds each for boys and girls, then moving to a 12-bed Journey unit, which provides additional privileges.

Ibrahim Zabaneh, MD, vice president medical affairs for Franciscan Health Hammond/Dyer/Munster, said, “We are looking forward to partnering with Signet Health to manage and expand our behavioral health programs and access to the communities we serve. Signet Health has extensive behavioral health expertise and experience, which will complement the current program at Franciscan Health Dyer.”