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Improving Access to Behavioral Health: The Emergency Room Enhancement Program

Improving Access to Behavioral Health: The Emergency Room Enhancement Program

Principal Investigator: Wamser-Nanney, Rachel

Description

Across the state of Missouri, health care professionals have seen an increase in patients seeking help for psychiatric conditions and substance use disorders. Oftentimes these individuals seek care in hospital emergency rooms where they are stabilized and released without being referred for the needed follow-up care. One component of Governor Jay Nixon’s Strengthening Missouri’s Mental Health System initiative is the Emergency Room Enhancement (ERE) Project. The intent of this initiative is to increase access to behavioral health care for those citizens that need treatment for psychiatric conditions or substance use disorders by improving the coordination of care between hospitals, community mental health centers and substance abuse providers. This presentation will provide an overview of the initiative and the implementation at the 7 sites across the state.

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