Survival Service #4: Behavioral Health Care We require that the public and private sectors create a seamless system of care for all family members. Are you ready to collaborate and innovate?
DESIGNING A COUNTYWIDE FAMILY-FRIENDLY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
The past: How did we get to this point of needing a family-friendly behavioral health care system? Who exactly needs it anyway? What problems is the system supposed to solve? Why don’t people just fix themselves without outside help?
The present (action agenda): Within this subject, we’ve identified ten strategies – called innovation areas – that can be used to tackle the behavioral health care access problem. Within those we suggest about 20 100% Community projects that you (yes, you) can take on, thus propelling your community towards family-friendly mental health care in its many forms.
The future (goals): With enough work on these innovations/projects, we’ll get to the point where innovation ten – the creation of a City/County Dept. of Family-Friendly Behavioral Health Care – becomes a reality. With a state-of-the-art system of care in place, 100% of our county’s families report excellent support and service.
Since we are currently in the present creating the future, your commitment to innovation is most eagerly sought and needed.
Addressing a Challenge
When we “Google it”, how many results come up?
Making mental health services more accessible: 303,000,000
Making mental health a priority: 128,000,000
How to bring mental health care to rural communities: 168,000,000
Evidence based prevention programs for substance abuse: 29,900,000
School based behavioral health: 193,000,000
We have millions upon millions of articles on how to improve mental health care services and create communities where all family members can seek help when needed. We can provide state-of-the-art behavioral health care in urban and rural centers, for all income levels, designed to acknowledge how different cultures view mental health. We can make care easy to access in schools, community centers, workplaces and online.
We have many forms of behavioral health care that can prevent and treat challenges related to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma. The challenge is ensuring that every level of necessary care is accessible in every community.
If Eric, age 13, is struggling with depression and failing at school, how hard do we want to make it for him to get him counseling? How difficult do we want to make it for his mom to support him?
Unleashing innovation to fix gaps in behavioral health care services in this sector starts with research. We have started the work for you. Our 100% Community initiative houses a menu of evidence-based and promising practices to consider implementing in your county. And you have a powerful search engine on your mobile.
Promoting emotional health and providing behavioral health care is as important as ER care for a broken arm. Vital. We won’t be healing and preventing childhood trauma and maltreatment without robust family centered behavioral healthcare service in every community. Lots of innovative models exist.
Innovations in care focus on countywide collaboration between existing mental health care services and school-based health care. Private and public sector partnerships are strategies to be explored. Prevention can involve all the programs that serve parents, children and youth. We can also look to technology to enhance existing care with web- and app-based coaching, mentoring and support – linking residents to culturally-appropriate care.
Our goal is a seamless system of care, with easy access for all.
Learn More in The 100% COMMUNITY COURSE
A 100% Community is one where all our families and county residents get the support they need to be trauma-free and thrive. In our 100% Community Course local leaders are learning how to address gaps in ten vital family services. Course graduates work in action teams through the 100% Community initiative to design, implement and evaluate innovations shown to increase the quality and quantity of services.
Participants in the 100% Community course choose which of the 10 family services areas – 5 “Survival Services” and 5 “Thriving Services” they wish to focus on.
100% COMMUNITY COURSE IS ACTION-FOCUSED
The course is designed to support county stakeholders in developing projects in ten inter-connected service sectors.
Participants in the 100% Community course focus on the one family service area they are most passionate about (one of 10 family service areas – 5 “Survival Services” and 5 “Thriving Services”).
When you enroll in the 100% Community course, you will be working to improve one sector as part of an action team. Each innovation area has short and long-term projects to develop, all with the support of the course instructors. All projects focus on supporting local communities and agencies in strengthening services to meet the needs of residents.
READ 100% COMMUNITY
The course textbook 100% Community by Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD and Dominic Cappello guide the development of the 10 innovations listed here. It acts as a blueprint for implementing evidence-informed innovations at a county level across a state.
IT STARTS WITH YOU
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