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Discovery Behavioral Health Announces Appointment of Andrea Piazza as First Director of Virtual Programming

December 29, 2021 GMT
Discovery Behavioral Health (PRNewsfoto/Discovery Behavioral Health)
Discovery Behavioral Health (PRNewsfoto/Discovery Behavioral Health)
Discovery Behavioral Health (PRNewsfoto/Discovery Behavioral Health)

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Discovery Behavioral Health, Inc., an expanding nationwide network of evidence-based mental health, substance use and eating disorder treatment centers, has announced the appointment of Andrea Piazza as Director of Virtual Programming, reporting to Alexa Baghdassarian, LMFT, VP of Operations.

In her new position, Piazza will supervise all virtual programming for DBH’s 130 treatment centers located in 12 states. She brings to the job a multifaceted background in mental health, spanning work as a therapist, entrepreneur, activist, performing artist and author. She was the founder and owner of Inclusive Impact Therapy, a mental health provider in Orlando, Fla., with a commitment to diversity and inclusion, which was named as “Best Mental Health Practice” by Orlando Weekly Magazine in 2021.

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She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Central Florida in clinical mental health counseling, and bachelor degrees in psychology and dance from the University of Florida. Trained as a dancer, she often implements creativity into her work with patients, informing both her work as a movement artist and an academic researcher.

Piazza’s position is newly created by DBH and reflects the provider’s commitment to expanding its nascent remote programming during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide therapeutic services to patients sequestered at home. In her new role, she aims to reach new patients and engage with existing patients in new ways.

“Before the pandemic, virtual programming and telehealth in general was thought of as an option of last resort. What we found serendipitously is that virtual programming offers unique advantages over existing treatment protocols, including patients whose physical or socio-economic profile makes it difficult for them to use residential or even outpatient programs. These patients could include, for example, those with a compromised immunity or a stay-at-home parent with small children,” says Piazza.

Beyond improved access and convenience, virtual programming opens the door for reimagining existing therapies and creating new ones.

“There’s the promise to use technology, including artificial intelligence and data management, in a whole new way. For example, there are patients who could benefit from group therapy but resist the in-person encounters that traditionally have been required. But with online technology, you could create a safe environment where questions could be asked of a group with participants responding by way of a chat room,” she says.

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Data management and A.I. could be used to more effectively track patients in post-treatment recovery.

Finally, Piazza notes the advantage of virtual programming in being free of geographic boundaries, and envisions how guest speakers with a particular expertise could counsel patients individually or as a group, no matter where they were physically located.

“Andrea’s creative background and mental health experience will serve us well as we embrace the possibilities of virtual programming for effective, comprehensive treatment for everyone needing it, no matter where they live or their personal circumstances. All of us at DBH share her enthusiasm for the potential that new technology offers for behavioral health programs,” says Baghdassarian.

About Discovery Behavioral Health, Inc.

Everyone deserves a happy, rewarding life. That’s why Discovery Behavioral Health has made evidence-based, outcome-driven healthcare accessible and affordable since its inception. With a full continuum of care – detoxification, medical residences, residential treatment centers, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, outpatient, psychiatric, neurocenters and telehealth services – we can offer the right care at the right time for adults or teens struggling with mental health, substance use or eating disorders. With a portfolio of more than 130 treatment centers, including service lines in successful operation since 1985, we are a preferred and trusted provider with most insurance companies who value our clinical rigor and remarkable results. When treatment is complete, our patients become part of Discovery’s growing family of alumni, connected through free aftercare programs, support groups, activities and a caring community – for life. Because when quality behavioral healthcare is within reach, so is happiness. More: https://discoverybehavioralhealth.com

Press Contact:
Greg Ptacek
Discovery Behavioral Health, Inc.
323-841-8002
gptacek@discoverybh.com

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