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Integration

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Physicians’ knowledge of where to refer patients for social needs has increased, but opportunities for growth remain

A growing strategy to improve individuals’ health and well-being has been to address their social needs—food, housing, transportation, employment, and more—often referred to as social determinants of health. Increasingly, physicians are being offered incentives that encourage them to screen patients for social needs and connect them to community-based organizations for services. However, community-based organizations are still rarely compensated by the …

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A look back at the journey of the Vital Seniors Initiative—and where it’s heading next

Washtenaw County seniors are a rapidly growing population, expected to more than double by 2040. And many face everyday challenges—such as social isolation, food insecurity, and transportation. In 2018, the Vital Seniors Initiative, managed by the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) and funded by the Glacier Hills Legacy Fund, was developed to address these challenges. Over $1 million in …

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Children benefit from the integration of behavioral health consultants at pediatric clinics, but can practices bear the cost?

While a growing body of evidence demonstrates the health benefits of embedding behavioral health care consultants into medical practices, many providers–including pediatric practitioners–are rightfully cautious about embarking on integration initiatives. Integration is a complex process–one that requires a significant commitment of time and resources–and not all integration initiatives are economically sustainable. Here, we provide a simple tool for determining whether …

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Integration framework

EVOLVE, CHRT’s integration framework, featured in American Public Human Services Association journal

Across the United States and around the world, many organizations are attempting to integrate their once siloed health and human services and systems, due to the multiple benefits integration provides. However, many integration efforts have stalled, and some have failed–because the work is challenging and some partners do not fully reflect on the aspects and processes essential to successful integration.  …

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The advantages of becoming a federally Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC)–for organizations, communities

The federal application process to become a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) in Michigan opened on December 29, 2020 and closed on March 1, 2021. Becoming a CCBHC offers many advantages to organizations and the communities they serve.  The bipartisan Excellence in Mental Health Act of 2009, which was introduced by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI), increased federal and financial …

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Designing integrated behavioral health services for Medicaid enrollees, background and case studies

A growing number of states are implementing new strategies to better integrate health services and provide holistic care–particularly for Medicaid beneficiaries–with the ultimate goals of improving care coordination and patient outcomes and, in some cases, lowering health care expenses as well. For decades, physical and behavioral health care–including both mental health and substance use disorder treatment–have operated in silos. Too …

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COVID-19 rapid response brief: Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on persons in poverty – strategies to consider

Amid an ever-changing COVID-19 crisis, the communities that have historically been segregated by income and race are struggling. The effects of systemic racism and poverty, reduced economic mobility, and the high cost of medical care are compounding inequities. Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on persons in poverty is essential. To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and minimize its impact, social …

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COVID-19 rapid response brief: Safe, temporary shelter for homeless populations during the pandemic

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, staff members at the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) have been conducting rapid response research for Michigan policy leaders who are working proactively to protect vulnerable communities across the state. In this analysis for county-level commissioners, we outline some of the strategies state and local governments are deploying to provide alternate temporary shelter spaces …

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Michigan at a crossroads: CHRT highlights key health policy issues for the incoming gubernatorial administration

The Michigan government has jurisdiction over a wide array of health policy issues. From the regulation of insurance products, to oversight of the state’s Medicaid program, to investing in local public health efforts, Michigan policymakers craft policies and budgets that impact the health of millions of Michiganders. This brief provides an overview of four key and timely health policy topics: …

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Advancing the Profession and Sustainability of Community Health Workers

Community Health Workers (CHWs) strive to bridge gaps between traditional healthcare providers and the communities they serve, but the community health worker profession faces several challenges to realizing its full potential. In the fall of 2017, the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT) published an issue brief that focused on the ways State Innovation Model (SIM) grants have helped …

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