Uncover The Emerging Role For Community Mental Health Centers As Value-Based Care Leaders
Over the past five years, Harbor — a community mental health center — has implemented three new initiatives, each with the mission to improve comprehensive care for individuals who have a mental illness, resulting in significant reductions to both general and psychiatric hospitalizations. Two initiatives were in partnership with the state of Ohio and the third was in response to an RFP issued by Mercy Health seeking assistance to develop psychiatric services to improve access to care, timeliness of care, and quality of care outcomes. Harbor successfully won the RFP with its cost effective, solution focused response. Mercy Health, recently merged with Bon Secours, is the largest health system in Ohio. Harbor’s initiatives cover:
- Medicaid Health Homes for adults and youth
- Care Coordination for adults who have serious mental illness and youth with serious emotional disturbances
- Professional collaboration with Mercy Health to provide psychiatric services
Created with measurable outcomes, these programs were designed to demonstrate the value of the services that would be delivered. Early on, Harbor understood the value to the consumers, and to the larger system of care in which it operates, would be to intentionally control cost and improve outcomes. This relates directly to value-based reimbursement (VBR) strategies that are becoming the norm in health care.
Harbor is a leading mental health provider in Ohio, treating over 24,000 patients each year. Harbor employs over 600 employees in 24 locations across Lucas, Wood and Defiance counties. Services include individual, family and group counseling, psychiatric and psychological services, substance use disorder assessment and treatment, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, day treatment, case management and vocational rehabilitation. The mission to improve the health and well-being of individuals and families by providing the highest quality compassionate care possible has been Harbor’s purpose for over 100 years. Learn more at www.harbor.org.
This white paper has been provided to OPEN MINDS readers free of charge by Harbor.