Updated: Jan 19
Episode 14 of the Mental Horizons Podcast is with Bradley Richards. Brad is a skilled and sensitive psychiatric and behavior interventionist and care navigator. He enters crisis situations, quickly grasping and understanding the facts in a way that allows him to re-frame and help those involved to begin moving the crisis to a place of calm and clarity.
What Brad does goes by many names: care navigator, care manager, behavioral analyst, psychiatric interventionist. But what Brad prefers to be called is a Psychiatric Interventionist! Brad creates alliances with individuals and family members dealing with the impact of mental disorders, autism, and substance abuse and helps to move the person needing care (literally providing transport services when needed) into appropriate services. Brad has a support team of 20 mental health professionals and coaches and works nationally with a broad professional network to help families achieve desired outcomes.
As Founder and President at Brad Richards Inc., Brad works as an advocate, mentor, court-appointed care manager, and consultant in care plan development. He has also used his advanced degree in behavior analysis coordinating clinical care for 10 years for Eden II Programs in Long Island and Staten Island, NY, serving people with autism.
Three main talking points:
Brad talk with Virgil about why he prefers to be called a “psychiatric preventionist” versus an interventionist.
Virgil and Brad discuss in-depth the reasons why families reach out to Brad and how he weaves his support into the family system to help create a durable and long-term safety net for the person of concern, always with an eye to helping that person achieve and sustain their highest levels of independence.
And lastly, Brad and Virgil discuss the mental health system at large and why his role is so needed and also what resources he wishes each of his clients knew about, but no one is telling them about.