CIBHS is listing past projects from the Health Care Reform Team who provides quality improvement services to a range of clients including county and community based mental health and primary care providers.
In past collaborations with a range of partners from government and academia to service delivery sectors, we worked on several initiatives that began to address the pressing need for improved linkage and access between primary and behavioral healthcare in our state. It was increasingly clear changes in policy, administration, and practice were required to improve the current circumstance; solutions lay in developing and better managing a continuum of care ranging from coordination and collaboration to partial and full integration.
CIBHS 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 were 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.
A white paper on Clinical Information Systems Recommendations titled “Advancing Clinical Information Systems to Support Care Coordination and Improved Outcomes for Individuals with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders”, in partnership with CalMHSA and the Integrated Behavioral Health Project (IBHP)
An Annual California Innovations Summit focused on achieving The Triple Aim