Innovative grant will support expansion of vital behavioral health services at center
To support its ongoing efforts to help those struggling with behavioral health issues related to the opioid epidemic, Indian Stream Health Center has received a major grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
“This is an important grant for our organization,” said Jonathan Brown, CEO, Indian Stream Health Center (ISHC). “It is part of a major national grant to health centers across the United States to increase access to substance abuse and mental health services.”
According to HRSA, the overall grant is approximately $200 million and will support 1,178 health centers to support expansion and integration of mental health services and substance abuse services. These services focus on the treatment, prevention, and awareness of opioid abuse in the primary care setting by increasing personnel, leveraging health information technology, and providing training.
ISHC will use grant funds to enhance its expansion of behavioral services-including substance abuse services- to better integrate with the primary care setting. “Our work will include implementing appointment reminder software, direct messaging services and population health data analytics with our patients’ electronic medical record,” said Allie White, Director of Information Systems at ISHC. “This will result in improved access to, and patient engagement with, behavioral health and substance abuse services at our practice.” Ms. White noted that another favorable outcome would be data analysis tools that would serve to identify areas for quality improvement.
In caring for its patients, Indian Stream Health Center applies the patient-centered medical home approach in which primary care, behavioral health and social services are integrated to provide whole person care. Mr. Brown explained that in addition to direct patient care, ISHC is continually looking to empower patients via access to information and self-help tools “This grant fully supports that effort and we strongly feel that this will lead to improved outcomes,” he said.
ISHC has received $175,000 to implement its grant.
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