CommuniCare currently receives funding to support a primary care integration program at its partner organizations- BHcare and Bridges. From 2009-2013, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration funded the four year integration project (formerly named Health Management Strategies for Recovery) that included access to primary care on-site by the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Corporation, nurse care management, wellness groups, health education and peer health mentoring. The table below illustrates how successful the program was in improving health status.
In 2014, DMHAS began funding the initiative after the four-year SAMHSA grant funding ended. The percentage of those at-risk based on BMI status has decreased from 76.3% over the four year grant period to 47.6% for calendar year 2014. In 2015, this percentage decreased event further to 43.2%. This is likely attributed to the improvements made in BMI status during the SAMHSA grant period that have been sustained into calendar year 2014. The percentage of those at-risk for hypertension decreased from 44% over the four year grant period to 11% for calendar year 2014. This also may be attributed to the successful identification and treatment of hypertension among participants in the grant period who have continued to follow-up with on-site primary care (patient retention).
Bridges…A Community Support System, Inc. currently partners with Optimus to service the primary care needs of their clients in Milford. BHcare partners with the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Corporation to service the Shoreline and Valley locations.
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro officially kicked off the program with a ribbon cutting ceremony and stated, “These vital funds will enable our local communities to provide integrated, coordinated primary and mental health care to some of our most vulnerable citizens, those with mental health and substance abuse disorders. These individuals are much more likely to suffer from chronic diseases and to die at much younger ages, and the serious gaps in our health care system are to blame.” She continued, “CommuniCare’s efforts to address these problems will be aided by this grant, and I look forward to seeing the positive results as they move to the forefront of creating a better health care system in America.”