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Gettysburg, Pa. (September 10, 2017) — OPEN MINDS recently released the full results of their highly-anticipated 2017 National Innovation Survey: Innovation Adoption Among Specialty Provider Organizations. The survey, which had over 9,700 participants, concluded in May, 2017 and aimed to detail the innovative programs and models having the greatest impact on specialty provider organizations in health and human services. OPEN MINDS first provided an initial summary of the survey findings at The 2017 OPEN MINDS Strategy & Innovation Institute earlier this summer.

The full results, released in a downloadable report (PDF) format, were made available at no charge via sponsorship from PsychU, a free online community and resource library for behavioral health professionals.

Headlining the report findings was the popularity of peer support specialists. Over half (51%) of survey respondents confirmed the use of peer support specialists in their specialist provider organization. The report also shows an increase of organizations currently ‘planning’ and ‘evaluating’ a variety of new innovative models in 2017.

“With the move to value-based care driving more care coordination, more integration, and new program innovations, the shift looks different from organization to organization,” said OPEN MINDS Chief Executive Officer, Monica E. Oss. “This leaves many health and human services executives asking the question: Which innovative programs are having the greatest success across the country? We’re hoping to provide executives with the information they need to make strategic decisions on their adoption of new programs via this exciting annual survey report.”

The 2017 OPEN MINDS National Innovation Survey: Innovation Adoption Among Specialty Provider Organizations provides the latest information on the innovative programs health and human service organizations are adopting in three categories—program innovations (such as primary care medical homes or hospital diversion programs); treatment innovations (such as peer support programs, or the use of medication-assisted treatment in addiction treatment); and technology innovations (such as telehealth or eCBT). The report takes this data and provides in-depth analysis on:

  • The number of innovative programs the average organization has adopted
  • The most commonly adopted innovations by market, organization size, revenue, and profit status
  • The most common programs organizations plan to implement within the next year

To access the full survey results and report for free, visit or contact Sarah Threnhauser, Executive Vice President, OPEN MINDS at 717-334-1329 or




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 & family services; intellectual & developmental disabilities; chronic disease management; long term care; social services; correctional health care, reentry & diversion; 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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