"BHARP is honored to receive this recognition. BHARP supported this model for use in rural counties where access to primary health care is often a challenge for individuals living with serious and persistent mental illness," said
Behavioral Health Home Plus was developed by Community Care; one of the country's largest not-for-profit behavioral health managed care organizations, in partnership with BHARP; a nonprofit stakeholder convener representing the North Central region of
Behavioral health providers have long recognized the often undertreated and unmet physical health needs of individuals with serious mental illness, but lacked the capacity and a structured model to support them in actively addressing their whole health and wellness. Behavioral Health Home Plus provides that structure and promotes and addresses physical health and wellness for individuals in recovery who are living with serious mental illness by helping their behavioral health providers identify and address their physical health challenges and enable them to become better informed and more effective managers of their own overall health. In this innovative model,
In partnership with their mental health provider, people engage in wellness coaching to set and achieve physical health goals that are meaningful to them and can have a life-changing impact on their health and recovery. To date, over 7,500 people in service at 49 community mental health centers that have transformed to Behavioral Health Home Plus providers have set and achieved goals related to weight management, smoking cessation, increasing exercise, improving sleep, and other critical areas of health promoting lifestyle change.
"Health and wellness are invaluable parts of recovery. The tools in this model, implemented by BHARP, have been embraced by both patients and providers who report that the program has helped patients reach wellness goals and providers to incorporate wellness into their agencies' treatment processes and culture," said Dr.
In 2013, the
People who have engaged in the Behavioral Health Home Plus model have reduced their medications for diabetes following significant weight loss, report increased energy and health, many have successfully quit smoking, and others have reported that improving their physical health has reduced the severity of their mental health condition. Behavioral Health Home Plus providers have developed close collaborative relationships with primary care providers and supported individuals in fully accessing routine and preventive care, which has resulted in individuals receiving treatment for previously undiagnosed physical health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer that left undertreated would have had devastating consequences.
Community Care designed an online survey to facilitate discussion between health home staff and individuals in service while collecting important self-reported wellness outcomes including health status and satisfaction with care — The Wellness Outcomes Online Tool (
BHARP was established in the fall of 2006, and is comprised of County mental health/intellectual disabilities Administrators, Human Service Directors, and Drug and Alcohol Single County Authorities from 23 counties in north central
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