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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Behavioral Health

National Council Wins “Transforming Clinical Practices Initiatives” Award

October 1, 2015 | Quality | Workforce | Comments
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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $685 million to 39 national and regional collaboratives, including the National Council for Behavioral Health, to participate in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative. The National Council was awarded a four-year grant to provide technical assistance to clinicians serving individuals with serious mental illnesses in New York.

“Supporting doctors and other health care professionals change the way they work is critical to improving quality and spending our health care dollars more wisely,” said Secretary Burwell. “These awards will give patients more of the information they need to make informed decisions about their care and give clinicians access to information and support to improve care coordination and quality outcomes.”

The National Council will support 4,000 clinicians to utilize technology-based care coordination and a continuum of evidence-based clinical interventions in order to reduce rehospitalization rates for New Yorkers with serious mental illnesses—specifically those with schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder and chronic depression. Such populations are often high risk during the post-discharge period after psychiatric or medical hospitalization.

The network will help clinicians in using a centralized care management program that coordinates care in the post-discharge period and a technology platform that ensures communication between providers and across organizations. A data-driven learning collaborative will also drive evidence-based practices to best serve the target population.

Technical assistance will include ongoing virtual support, monthly webinars and in-person meetings to help participating clinicians meet the initiative’s phases of transformation and associated milestones, clinical and operational benchmarks.

The National Council is proud to partner with: Montefiore Medical Center, North Shore-LIJ Health System, New York State Office of Mental Health and Netsmart Technologies.

For more information on the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative here.