Wallace Stacy, LCSW
“We want Silver Hill to play the pivotal role in changing the trajectory of our patients’ lives and the treatment of their illness.”
Wallace Stacy, LCSW, clinical social worker in the Psychotic Disorders Center for persistent and chronic mentally ill patients, would like nothing more than for Silver Hill Hospital to be the last treatment stop necessary on his patients’ arc of recovery.
“Most of our patients have schizophrenia,” Wallace says, “and it was once believed that the trajectory of the illness could not be changed.” But today, he says, medications can stop the downward spiral, and then therapy can “start to move patients back towards cognition and towards progress.”
Crucial to that progress, Wallace believes, is “education of the families to get them on board with what the patients need, as well as instilling hope in patients that the direction of their lives over the part several years can change.”
Wallace sees patient families as his greatest measure of success. “It’s about the feedback they give us and their appreciation for having loved ones come back to a state they hadn’t seen in quite some time,” he says. “And a large part of our referrals come from previous patients’ families. That says more than anything.”