Jefferson Center for Mental Health

Jeffco Center for Mental Health connects care, receives national recognition

Recognized by C4MH

Posted 11/9/15

The best way to treat a patient is to see them as a whole person — not just physically, but their mental health as well.

The Jefferson Center for Mental Health has been a pioneer in this approach with its Union Square Home diversion project, …

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Jefferson Center for Mental Health

Jeffco Center for Mental Health connects care, receives national recognition

Recognized by C4MH

Posted
The best way to treat a patient is to see them as a whole person — not just physically, but their mental health as well.
The Jefferson Center for Mental Health has been a pioneer in this approach with its Union Square Home diversion project, and received nation-wide recognition for its work.
Connect 4 Mental Health (C4MH), a national initiative that highlights the importance of mental health care, announced its 2015 winners in the Community Innovation Awards, and the Jefferson Center was among the four organizations recognized.
“We’ve done a lot of work in the area of primary care and behavioral health — it’s so important to bring these two together,” said Mindy Klowden, director of the office of health care transformation, part of the Jefferson Center for Mental Health. “This recognition says something about the importance of collaboration, and the fact that no organization can do this on their own.”
The Union Square Home brings together Jefferson Center, Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) and Arapahoe House in one location to provide clients with a vast array of services.
“We’re able to address the full spectrum of needs here — everything from clinicians to substance abuse counsellors,” said Shannon Poletti, the assistant medical director at Union Square. “We’re working on bettering the way we share important information between organizations, so they can see what the other is doing.”
That betterment includes weekly team meetings, where representatives from all care providers meet to discuss complex cases and the best way to address any concerns.
“Sometimes clients have trouble getting engaged, but these help all of us to oversee things,” said Ann Meade, care coordinator at Union Square. “It’s a really forward facing approach to providing care.”
In many cases, mental health concerns are tied into substance issues, and that’s where Arapahoe House is able to step in with counseling options.
“We’re also able to raise awareness of things we’re seeing, like an increase in opiates addiction,” said Megan Swenson, clinical integration supervisor with Arapahoe House. “Integration like this is the future of health care.”
Changes in health care access are bringing more clients in, and the $10,000 grant award will help provide more services, but there is still a lot of work to be done to make it affordable for everyone in need.
“We have this fragmented health care system, right now,” Klowden said. “This kind of approach is where we need to go.”

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