While advancements have been made in the treatment, support and understanding of mental illness over the past fifty years, evidence shows that many affected by mental illness remain disadvantaged and do not receive appropriate primary and/or behavioral health care. To achieve optimal access and health outcomes, evidence supports the need for better integration of behavioral health and primary care services, whether coordinated, co-located and/or fully integrated.
Recognizing the need and opportunity to advance integration efforts in southeastern Ohio, the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville and the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board Serving Athens Hocking Vinton Counties-317 Board embarked on a multi-year funding partnership.
The intent of the funding partnership is to positively impact the system of care and health outcomes for vulnerable populations by promoting collaboration and advancing sustainable innovations to address unmet behavioral and physical health care needs. With input from local providers, state and national content experts, the Foundation and the 317 Board designed a funding strategy to strengthen behavioral health service delivery capacity; demonstrate the value of integration to sustain behavioral health capacity; and ensure primary care access for individuals with serious behavioral health diagnoses.
Year Two Progress Report
OHFN and the 317 Board are pleased to share this progress report. It highlights a funding partnership related to the integration of behavioral health and primary care in southeastern Ohio during the second implementation year, September 2014 - August 2015.