Project

Emergency Room Enhancement Program

Emergency Room Enhancement Program

Website: https://erenhancement.org
Principal Investigator: Winograd, Rachel
October 1, 2013 - Present
Funder: Missouri Department of Mental Health
Official Title: Emergency Room Enhancement Program

Across the state of Missouri, health care professionals have seen an increase in the number of individuals seeking help for behavioral health concerns in hospital emergency rooms (ERs), where they are often stabilized and released without being offered assistance in obtaining preventative follow-up care in the community. This practice leads to high rates of return ER visits among this high-utilizing population. To address this service gap, the Missouri Department of Mental Health provides funding to seven sites across the state for the Emergency Room Enhancement Program (ERE). Each of the seven sites have partnered with local hospitals, community mental health centers, law enforcement agencies, substance use treatment settings, and social service providers to coordinate care for the whole person by addressing behavioral, physical, and basic needs. The primary goals of ERE are to prevent repeated ER visits and hospitalizations, as well as increase rates of housing, employment, and education enrollment. MIMH is evaluating the process and effectiveness of this multi-year program through ongoing site-level outcome evaluation.

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