We accept Anthem, Aetna, and Cigna insurance plans. We also offer special pricing for cash-paying patients for most procedures and work with you to submit to your insurance for reimbursement.
Vista Behavioral Health is an adult general psychiatric mental health practice that accepts patients aged 16 and above located in Avon, CT in the Riverdale Farms Shopping Complex.
We offer in-person and tele-health HIPPA-compliant psychiatric virtual appointments.
Vista provides expert specialized treatment for:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
BIPOC Mental Health Needs
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Substance Dependence Induction and Treatment
Thought Disorders (ie. Schizophrenia)
Cognitive Disorders (ie. Dementia)
Individual and Couples Psychotherapy
Adolescent and Family Therapy
Individual and Group therapy for Substance Dependence
- Psychiatrist and Psychologist who are diverse providers with cultural competence to treat BIPOC mental health needs
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The VISTA Difference
Vista takes a multidisciplinary approach, utilizing the expertise of a psychiatric physician, advanced practice nurse, licensed clinical social worker, and marriage and family therapist. They practice in a collaborative team approach, sharing expertise, clinical insights, and treatment goals. In addition, Vista provides referral sources to patients requiring specific support or additional services.
Ensuring Patient Privacy and Access To Care
Our office provides patients with greater privacy and confidentiality. Vista utilizes an Electronic Medical Record that is HIPAA compliant and password protected. We attempt to schedule appointments in such a way as to maximize patient privacy and minimize patients in the waiting room.
To schedule an appointment, please call 860-269-3101.
Vista Behavioral Health is a provider of quality professional psychiatric services to Long Term Care facilities, Assisted Living facilities, and the community.
The highly experienced and professional staff prides itself in treating both the acute and long-term care of psychiatric patients. We are committed to creating consistency of purpose toward improved quality of care. The staff remains dedicated to continued medical education and evidence-based medical practices, without neglecting the personal touch required in the art of medicine. Our goal is to remove barriers to treatment by concentrating on one-to-one patient/clinician and staff/clinician interaction to ensure quality care.
Dr. Asante K. Mendes, Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine and received his graduate training from the University of Connecticut Medical School. Affiliations: American Psychiatric Association; Connecticut Psychiatric Society; American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry; National Medical Association. Awards: Ascher Fund Scholarship for medical education; Dr. Ruth Marguerite Easterling Award for positively impacting medically underserved populations.
Dr. Valencia Bagby-Young, board-certified psychiatric APRN and Psychologist is a graduate of American International College, with doctorate and master’s degrees in educational psychology, and a master’s degree in science and nursing. Regis College with a post-master’s psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner certification. She is also a graduate of Central Connecticut State University, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing, as a registered nurse. Her current focus is behavioral health, providing medication management and psychotherapy.
Valencia Bagby-Young, EdD Psychology, FNP - BC, PMHNP, MSN, MA, RN,
Licensed Psychologist, Family & Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Learn more about Dr. Bagby-Young
Dr. Valencia Bagby-Young is a licensed psychologist and board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP) and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). She has 38-years of experience as a registered nurse. Her nursing clinical practice has included the following specialties: childbirth educator, maternal-child visiting nurse, pediatric homecare nurse, neonatal intensive care, geriatrics, psychiatric – mental health, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and dual diagnosis (mental illness and cognitive/intellectual disabilities). As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Dr. Bagby-Young provides psychotherapy and medication management for adolescents and adults. As a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Dr. Bagby-Young has worked in primary care providing holistic care in the areas of wellness, acute illness, chronic diseases, depression, certifications for the CT Medical Marijuana Program, and medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD). Dr. Bagby-Young has been a licensed psychologist for 9-years. As a psychologist, Dr. Bagby-Young’s experiences have included: psychological testing, forensic psychology competency to stand trial evaluations (CSTE) with court testimony for adults and children, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), group therapy for women, religious affiliated pre-marital counseling, individual therapy, grief counseling, co-facilitating social groups for individuals with intellectual disability, and facilitating conversations in cultural diversity. She has also been an adjunct psychology professor at Manchester Community College and Goodwin College.