New Senior Director of Therapy Services and Two Additional Clinical Leads Strengthens AtHome Therapy team
MOUNT LAUREL, NJ – Array Behavioral Care, the largest telepsychiatry practice in the country and a thought leader in modern behavioral care, recently appointed Marlene McDermott as Senior Director of Therapy Services. In addition to McDermott’s newly appointed role, Gina Mendez and Joshua Taffet have joined as Clinical Leads for the AtHome Therapy team. Together, they will be instrumental in advancing Array’s therapy management and quality initiatives.
As Senior Director of Therapy Services, McDermott will report to Chief Medical Officer, Dr. James R. Varrell, and continue to manage AtHome's Clinician Success and Care Management functions. Gina Mendez and Josh Taffet will report directly to McDermott in their new roles as Clinical Leads. In offering one-to-one support, conducting quarterly check-in meetings for their caseload of clinicians, and clinical oversight, Mendez and Taffet will co-lead day-to-day operations and continue supporting Array’s growing and thriving Therapy function. Together, the AtHome Therapy team will oversee the standardization and uniformity across therapy treatment and quality measurement processes. Quality initiatives have been shown to improve outcomes for patients, reduce variations in care quality and burden on clinicians, and raise quality standards across all aspects of a clinical organization.
As the demand for mental health care continues to soar, Array has continued to prioritize the growth of a robust clinical leadership team. The clinical leadership team is responsible for making sure Array meets the rising demand for mental health services. Virtual therapy and telebehavorial care lower the barrier for entry for the more than one-third of Americans who live in areas that lack adequate access to mental health professionals. Data shows that telebehavioral care can have just as effective outcomes as in-person care.
Array is committed to fostering a collaborative and best-in-class experience for its clinicians. Array’s clinician network has the flexibility to select among multiple care settings, serve several organizations and the opportunity to work with various patient populations. Array has also established a robust technical and administrative infrastructure to ensure its teams are well connected and highly responsive. In addition to around-the-clock clinical, operational and technical support to help with their care delivery, Array’s user-friendly systems enable clinicians, care navigation teams and personnel at partner sites to seamlessly communicate, collaborate, and build strong relationships.
“The expansion of our clinical leadership team over the past few years is indicative of our commitment to clinical quality. Array prioritizes being a care-focused organization enabled by technology,” explains Dr. Varrell, founder and Chief Medical Officer of Array. “We know a strong clinical leadership team is essential to delivering the highest quality of telebehavioral care.”
About Marlene McDermott, LMFT
Marlene McDermott brings more than 20 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health industry to her role. Prior to joining Array, Marlene was the co-owner and therapist of Serenity Counseling LLC where she developed strong referral and consultative relationships with area psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health facilities, and hospitals to ensure each patient and family received proper continuity of care. She also served as the Director of Hampton Counseling Center. Marlene earned her Master’s degree from California State University and is currently earning her doctorate from Capella University; expected in Spring 2023.
About Gina Mendez, LCSW
Gina Mendez joined Array in May 2020 as a board certified, licensed clinical social worker offering services to children and adult residents in the state of California. She earned both her Bachelor of Science in Human Services Counseling and Master of Social Work at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She works with her patients to ensure they take an active role in creating positive changes in their lives, emphasizing, and building up confidence in their own abilities.
About Joshua Taffet, LCSW
Joshua Taffet is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adult residents in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. He earned his Bachelor’s in Television, Radio and Film, in addition to Psychology, at Syracuse University, before continuing his clinical education studies at NYU, earning his Master of Social Work. Prior to joining Array, Joshua was part of the clinical leadership team at Rutgers New Jersey's MAT Center of Excellence. He works with his patients utilizing a cognitive-behavioral approach and takes pride in being a participant in their growth and wellbeing.
Array Behavioral Care (formerly InSight + Regroup) is the leading and largest telepsychiatry service provider in the country with a mission to transform access to quality, timely behavioral health care. Array offers telepsychiatry solutions and services across the continuum of care from hospital to home with its OnDemand Care, Scheduled Care and AtHome Care divisions. For more than 20 years, Array has partnered with hundreds of hospitals and health systems, community healthcare organizations and payers of all sizes to expand access to care and improve outcomes for underserved individuals, facilities and communities. As an industry pioneer and established thought leader, Array has helped shape the field, define the standard of care and advocate for improved telepsychiatry-friendly regulations. To learn more, visit www.arraybc.com.
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