The Department of Administration made a decision about the Regional Behavioral Health Contract for Maricopa County this week. Deputy Director Cory Nelson explains more about the decision and its impact on the current behavioral health service in his blog.
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Medical providers (doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, etc.) are invited to join Magellan for their Driving Suicides to Zero training Monday, April 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. The goal of the training is to help reduce the suicide rate by providing behavioral healthcare professionals with the skills, knowledge, attitudes and support to more effectively intervene and engage with those at risk of suicide. The course is available for free to medical providers and will take place at Magellan’s Learning and Performance Center (4801 E. Washington St., Phoenix). To register visit Magellan’s Learning Website.
Reducing suicides is one of our 5 Winnable Battles at DHS. Our Office of Prevention in Behavioral Health works with Magellan and all the Regional and Tribal Behavioral Health Authorities across the state.
Last Saturday our Licensing team hit the mark at Showtime- when it matters most. After hearing that the Fountain Retirement Hotel had put residents on notice it was closing, we immediately became concerned that staff would stop showing up, food and medication would not be given out, and the residents would be turned out into the streets to live. Many of the residents have significant medical and behavioral health needs, and need a caregiver to assist them with things like taking medication and preparing food.
Our licensing team arrived at the facility immediately after hearing of the situation from the Sheriff’s Office… and our licensing team pretty much right away called an “immediate jeopardy” (meaning that there was the potential for a real threat to health and safety of the residents). Our team stayed all afternoon and into the night, working with the facility’s owner and manager to ensure all residents would be safe. We maintained a strong presence at the facility throughout the weekend, making sure there were proper caregivers, enough food, and that residents were receiving their medication.
We’re still sending surveyors out twice a day and are working with many other agencies, including AHCCCS, the VA, Adult Protective Services, Magellan, Partners in Recovery, and the Long Term Care Ombudsman’s Program to make sure the residents are finding new homes that will be able to meet their needs. A huge thanks to Dr. Cara Christ, Kathy McCanna, Richard Young, Ellie Strang, and Jim Tiffany, for responding so effectively and ensuring the Health and Wellness of these Arizonans. Thanks!
One of our primary goals over the last couple of years has been to shift the focus of our performance measures toward actual outcomes. In other words, we don’t want to measure our success on simple activities like whether we did an intervention, placed an ad, or whether someone’s paperwork is right- but on whether our interventions and services actually make a difference. That’s where our data Dashboard resources come in.
Last year we rolled out our Arizona Health Matters website- to help the public health system to access data and information about community health- and to measure community outcomes. It helps the public health system, planners, policy makers, and community members learn about issues and identify improvements. On the site you can compare Arizona’s health with other communities and the nation, using more than 100 health and quality of life indicators; search and compare data by County and zip code within Arizona; learn about evidence-based promising practices or use the Report Assistant to create quick reports and summaries.
Another outcome data source is our Health Status Report which measures 70 public health outcome indicators over the last 10 years. Our annual Behavioral Risk Factor Survey plays a role… our brand new 2010 Report provides key data that can be used to monitor and plan health promotion and help our public health system to better target our intervention strategies for chronic disease prevention in Arizona.
We’re also using Outcome Dashboards throughout the behavioral health system to measure effectiveness… and allowing users to review performance and outcomes information (employment, housing, staying out of crisis centers, abstaining from substance abuse, avoiding arrests, etc.) at the statewide level. Examples of our accomplishments are available in outcome dashboards developed by CPSA, NARBHA, Cenpatico and Magellan.