Last year, while we were still hunkered down in pandemic land, I read an article that suggested we should consider treating behavioral health visits like we do dental visits – twice a year for prevention. While I’m sure we are still a ways away from getting an ‘annual behavioral health visit’, efforts continue to destigmatize issues of mental health and provide improved access to services when needed.
Some of that work was recently shared on While We Wait: Community Part 2 - The CCBHC One-Stop Shop, a Health Affairs podcast. When I tuned in, I was pleasantly surprised to hear Yaberci Perez-Cubillan from Acacia Network, an Azara DRVS user in located in New York City, talk about their journey to expand mental health services – pretty impressive.
During the Azara 2022 Annual User Conference in May, attendees had the opportunity to learn how DRVS is being used to support behavioral health programs. Attendees heard from Stephanie Jeffery, Chief Quality Office at Valley Professionals CHC in Indiana as she discussed the impact a culture of data can have on behavioral health. In partnership with clients, we also highlighted early data sharing efforts between Health Centers and Community Mental Health Centers as part of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Promoting the Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care (PIPBHC) project.
If you couldn't make the conference, reach out and tell us what your practice is doing to improve your behavioral care services.