The Health Care Reform Team at CIBHS provides quality improvement services to a range of clients including county and community based mental health and primary care providers.
In collaboration with a range of partners from government and academia to service delivery sectors, we are working on several initiatives that will begin to address the pressing need for improved linkage and access between primary and behavioral healthcare in our state. It is increasingly clear changes in policy, administration, and practice will be required to improve the current circumstance; solutions lie in developing and better managing a continuum of care ranging from coordination and collaboration to partial and full integration.
For further information about the CIBHS Health Care Reform Team, please contact Karin Kalk, Associate Director.
Helping people with a serious mental illness achieve a life of meaning and purpose outside formal systems of care is a desired goal for many behavioral health organizations. The challenge for most organizations has been to align organizational structures, policies, work processes, and practices in ways that are most effective to help people make progress in their recovery.
CIBHS has convened a number of Break Through Series Learning Collaboratives with teams of people from community-based, county operated, or peer run mental health programs. In the collaboratives, team are introduced to the nationally known quality improvement methods to support the rapid change and innovation needed to meet the changes of our changing healthcare environment.
One of the major challenges facing healthcare delivery systems today involves the linkage, coordination and integration of primary care and mental health services. The historic separation of physical and psychiatric healthcare is no longer meeting people’s needs. Too many go without their mental health needs being adequately identified and addressed. Of equal concern is the substantial physical suffering and premature death for individuals with serious mental illness.