Multidisciplinary Team, Real-Time Information, and Incentives Help Medical Homes Improve Mental Health and Patient Experience, Reduce Utilization and Costs
As part of a statewide public-private initiative, the diverse Burlington (Vermont) health service area supports 18 patient-centered medical home practices via a multidisciplinary team, real-time electronic information, and financial incentives, leading to more appropriate care, better health outcomes and patient experiences, and lower utilization and costs.
Statewide Partnership Provides Mental Health Assessments via Telemedicine to Patients in Rural Emergency Departments, Reducing Wait Times, Hospitalizations, and Costs
Through a statewide telemedicine program, psychiatrists evaluate patients with mental health issues who present at rural hospital emergency departments, leading to reductions in wait times, inpatient admissions, and costs; increased attendance at followup visits; and high levels of patient and clinician satisfaction.
Videoconferencing Enhances Access to Psychiatric Care for Children and Adults With Mental Illness in Rural Settings
Psychiatric fellows and residents at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville provide care via videoconferencing to patients in rural parts of the state who otherwise would likely not have had access to such care.
Long-Term Expressive Therapy and Caregiver Support Improves Emotional Health of Low-Income Children Affected by Trauma
Jumping Mouse Children’s Center, a nonprofit mental health center, provides free or heavily subsidized long-term expressive mental health therapy to low-income children affected by trauma, advocates for their rights, and provides support to their parents. The program has led to improved emotional health for the children and greater knowledge and confidence among parents and other primary caregivers.
Coordinated, Intensive Medical, Social, and Behavioral Health Services Improve Outcomes and Reduce Utilization for Frequent Emergency Department Users
Intensive, concurrent medical and behavioral health care, addiction services, and social service coordination improve patient outcomes and reduce health system use among patients who historically have been frequent users of emergency departments.
Rural Behavioral Health Programs and Promising Practices
This report provides information and tools to help improve rural behavioral health programs.
Telemental Health Guide
The Telemental Health Guide provides essential information for developing, implementing, and sustaining a telemental health program to improve access to mental health services.
Strengthening Families—Parent Resources
This resources page from the Mental Health America of Wisconsin's Strengthening Families provides tools that focus on children and families affected by mental health problems.
2010 National Healthcare Disparities Report
The purpose of the National Healthcare Disparities Report is to identify the differences or gaps through which some populations receive poor or worse care than others and to track how these gaps are changing over time.
2010 National Healthcare Quality Report
The key function of the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is to summarize the state of health care quality for the nation and report on progress and opportunities for improving health care quality, as mandated by the U.S. Congress.