- Missouri: To help address a nursing shortage, Boone Hospital Center and University of Missouri Health Care (MU Health) are implementing several new programs and incentives aimed at attracting and retaining nurses. Beginning on March 1, MU Health will offer $10,000 toward nurses and health care professionals' student loan debt if they take positions in clinical units that have especially high patient volumes. Meanwhile, Boone Hospital is launching a new nurse residency program—projected to save $1 million over its first three years—that will include mentoring programs for new nurse graduates and classroom-to-hospital transition support (Jackson, Columbia Daily Tribune, 2/6).
- Ohio: The National Alliance on Mental Illness Ohio and Ohio state officials have partnered to build the Adam-Amanda Mental Health Rehabilitation Center, the first residential rehabilitation center in the state to provide longer-term care for patients recently released from psychiatric hospitals. The center will serve as a "step-down" facility for patients released from Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare—and officials hope that the program, if successful, will be implemented at five other hospitals in the state (Johnson, Columbus Dispatch, 2/5).
- Oregon: Oregon State University and HealthInsight Oregon are partnering on a study examining the relationship between opioid prescribing policy changes and related heroin use. The study, which will focus on Medicaid beneficiaries, aims to identify practices that will curb high-risk prescription opioid use, opioid overuse, and first time heroin use. The study is one of three projects funded by CDC that are aimed at lowering rates of opioid misuse (Hayes, Portland Business Journal, 2/3).
Six steps to integrate behavioral health with other care
Behavioral health issues can exacerbate other health conditions and make patients less likely to comply with important care plan aspects. Since most patients are diagnosed in the primary care setting, integrated behavioral health models can ensure patients follow through with referrals to mental health care.
Download our toolkit to find resources to effectively address six critical components of an integrated behavioral health program.