Behavior Health team gets Blue Shield $200K grant |

Behavior Health team gets Blue Shield $200K grant

Christopher Rosacker
Staff Writer

A Nevada County-administered team of behavioral health workers developing care for people who are at risk and economically disenfranchised will get an added $200,000 in funding from Blue Shield, a county official announced Friday.

Nevada County Behavioral Health instituted a Healthy Outcomes Team to serve
high-risk, low-income persons with a behavioral health disorder and a chronic health condition, said County Executive Officer Rick Haffey in his Friday

This team, which has been meeting and working together for the past two years to develop and implement an outpatient health, mental health and substance use disorder integrated system of care, is comprised of Nevada County Behavioral Health staff, primary care providers from Western Sierra Medical Clinic, Sierra Family Medical Clinic, Community Recovery Resources, Common Goals Inc., Turning Point Community Programs, behavioral health clients and family members.

The team was initially funded with California Mental Health Services Act funds and a three-year federal Health Resources and Services Administration grant.

The Department received notice last week of additional funding of $200,000 for one year from the Blue Shield Foundation.

"This funding will support (the program) to expand the safety net integration activities to include the two Emergency Departments at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and Tahoe Forest Hospital," Haffey said in the memo.

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"This expanded health integration will develop a coordinated health system of care for low-income persons with a behavioral health disorder to help improve their health outcomes, deliver services in the community whenever possible and subsequently utilize health care funding in a more cost-effective manner."

The expanded program will focus on linking patients in crisis and/or the hospital, connecting them with needed community outpatient services and actively coordinating care, Haffey said.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call (530) 477-4236.

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