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GETTYSBURG, Pa. (March 24, 2019) —Harbor are pleased to announce the release of their collaborative white paper, A Non-Traditional Collaboration Of Two Provider Organizations To Improve Continuity Of Behavioral Health Care: Harbor & Mercy Health Case Study. The white paper details three initiatives that Harbor has implemented over the last five years with Mercy Health, Lighthouse, and the State of Ohio to improve comprehensive care for individuals who have a mental illness. These initiatives resulted in significant reductions to both general and psychiatric hospitalizations for Harbor and its partner organizations. The white paper can be found in the OPEN MINDS resource library and is available for download free of charge, courtesy of Harbor. The white paper was written to show behavioral health provider organizations how they can collaborate with other organizations to improve access to care, timeliness of care, and quality of care outcomes. Harbor is a mental health provider organization in Ohio, and Mercy Health is a health care system with locations in Ohio and Kentucky. In a value-based care landscape, provider organization management teams need to demonstrate the value of their services. Harbor recognized early on that the value would be to intentionally control cost and improve outcomes for consumers. The white paper provides details about the Harbor collaborative initiatives with the State of Ohio and Mercy Health.

“Executives of provider organizations must recognize the need to create innovative solutions to achieve the goals and outcomes new value-based contracts are requiring. Collaboration with other provider organizations is one way organizations can create a mutually beneficial partnership to do just this,” said Monica E. Oss, Chief Executive Officer, OPEN MINDS. “These models of care support not only individual health care outcomes but the improvement of entire communities’ health and outcomes. Harbor has put a large focus on consumer health and quality of care, and this is seen through the numerous initiatives they have taken on and succeeded with.”

To download this white paper, A Non-Traditional Collaboration Of Two Provider Organizations To Improve Continuity Of Behavioral Health Care: Harbor & Mercy Health Case Study, available free courtesy of Harbor, and learn more about collaborations to improve continuity of behavioral health care, visit:

About Harbor

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


OPEN MINDS is a national strategic advisory firm specializing in the sectors of the health and human service industry, serving individuals with complex support needs: mental health; addiction treatment; children and family services; intellectual and developmental disabilities; chronic disease management; long term care; social services; correctional health care; and juvenile justice.

Founded in 1987 and based in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the 75+ associates believe by providing the latest market intelligence and management best practices to organizations serving the health and social support needs of the most vulnerable consumers, those organizations will be better able to provide efficient and effective services. Learn more at

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