People with a serious mental illness die more than 30 years earlier than people without those challenges. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be reflecting about some of the innovative strategies that we’ve implemented with our behavioral health community partners over the last several years to improve the health status of folks with a serious mental illness.
I’ll start with a project that began with modest funding from SAMHSA, through a grant meant for small pilots to test concepts in our community. In 2009, we and AHCCCS jointly applied for and got a Transformation Transfer Initiative grant which was used to initiate a peer-based whole health program Maricopa and Pima Counties. The goal of the program was to help transform the behavioral health system into one that applies a holistic approach to consumer health.
Magellan Health Services of Arizona launched the first phase of Integrated Health Homes as part of this initiative- bringing together mental health and physical health care. The model was a partnership between Magellan, Maricopa Integrated Health System, and CHOICES Network, Partners in Recovery, People of Color Network and Southwest Network. By 2013, there were 10 Integrated Health Homes in Maricopa County that have been providing coordinated care for members. Thousands of people have received coordinated care and achieved better outcomes through these health homes. Here are some additional typical health home participant vignettes that profile service recipients who can benefit from the initiative.
In the coming weeks, I’ll cover improvements in the Crisis Response System, the kids system of care, children’s substance abuse, coordination with the correctional system, and performance dashboards.