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For decades, physical and behavioral health care–including both mental health and substance use disorder treatment–have operated in silos. Too often, this fragmented care system has meant that individuals with behavioral healthneeds either do not receive the care that they need or receive a patchwork of care from a multitude of uncoordinated publicly and privately funded providers in systems that are difficult to navigate. A growing n …

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In Michigan’s handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes fares better than national average, Michigan Advance writer Allison Donahue covers a recent CHRT study which found that the state is reporting fewer COVID-19-related deaths in nursing homes than the national average and that the state’s “hub” strategy has been effective. The CHRT report  — Keeping nursing home residents safe and advancing health in light of COVID-19 — was written aft …

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Terrisca Des Jardins, MHSA, currently the chief operating officer for the Physician Organization of Michigan ACO (POM ACO), has been selected to become the next executive director of the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT), an independent nonprofit at the University of Michigan. Marianne Udow-Phillips, the founding executive director of CHRT, will retire at the end of the calendar year, allowing for seamless transition …

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In 2019, CHRT staff engaged in a year-long strategic planning process, during which we reflected on the health policy and practice challenges we have addressed over the last several years and the impact we’ve had, and wish to have, in a range of areas including affordable care, behavioral health, healthy aging, and integration. To achieve this mission, we established three goals…

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