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Emergency Departments Identify and Support Veterans at Risk of Suicide, Enhancing Their Access to Outpatient Mental Health Services 06/18/13

Emergency department clinicians and staff identify veterans at moderate risk of suicide, work with them to develop a safety plan, and follow up after discharge to ensure adherence to the plan and connections to community-based support, leading to better access to outpatient mental health services.

Emergency Department Screening Identifies Many Patients With Possible Eating Disorders, Suggesting Potential to Facilitate Earlier Diagnosis and Connection to Treatment 05/08/13

A five-question electronic survey given to emergency department patients identifies a high proportion with potential eating disorders, suggesting the potential for the emergency department to be an effective venue for early diagnosis and connections to community-based treatment and support.

Home Visit for All Newborns To Assess Risk of Child Maltreatment Improves Parenting Skills, Reduces Medical Emergencies, and Generates Positive Return on Investment 05/07/13

Nurses come to the home of families with newborns to perform a comprehensive assessment of risk factors and provide education and support, leading to better connections to community resources, improved parenting skills, higher quality and safety in the home environment, and significantly fewer infant medical emergencies.

Community Partners Offer Financial Incentives and Support for Primary Care Practices, Improving Access and Reducing Utilization for Children on Medicaid 02/06/13

The Children's Healthcare Access Program offers financial incentives and support services to primary care medical homes serving children covered by Medicaid and their families; the program enhanced access to primary care, increased the percentage of children with asthma action plans, reduced emergency department visits and hospital admissions, increased well-child visits, and reduced costs.

Dedicated Inpatient Unit Improves Outcomes and Generates High Satisfaction for Women With Severe Perinatal Depression 09/07/12

A dedicated inpatient unit features a physical environment, staffing, policies, and services tailored to women with severe perinatal depression, leading to improvements in outcomes and high levels of patient satisfaction.

Self-Directed Budget for Health and Other Services Enhances Ability of Those with Mental Illness to Function and Live Independently 08/24/12

A state-funded program gives individuals with mental illness a quarterly allowance for mental health and wellness services that can be spent at their own discretion, allowing them to spend more time living in the community and to function more effectively.

Clinics and Hospitals Use Trained, Certified Community Members To Screen and Support Primary Care and Postdischarge Patients, Reducing Physician Visits and Costs 07/24/12

Specially trained and certified lay workers known as “Grand-Aides” use illness-specific protocols to ensure that patients receive appropriate treatment in primary care settings and to ease the transition from hospital to home after discharge. The primary care-based program has reduced unnecessary visits and demonstrated the potential to reduce costs. Early data from one hospital program show significant reductions in readmissions.

Removing Restrictions and Barriers to Supportive Housing for Late-Stage Alcoholics Reduces Alcohol Abuse, Alcohol-Related Symptoms, and Costs 06/20/12

A supportive housing program for late-stage alcoholics who frequently use crisis services features policies that reduce traditional barriers and restrictions to obtaining housing, leading to reductions in alcohol abuse, alcohol-related symptoms, and costs.

Outreach Workers Connect Low-Income Individuals Living in Rural Areas to Home- and Community-Based Services, Reducing Costs and Nursing Home Placements 02/01/12

Community outreach workers identify residents at risk of nursing home placement and arrange for them to receive appropriate home- and community-based services, leading to fewer nursing home placements and significant cost savings.

Care Coordination, Peer Support, and Discretionary Fund Improve Quality of Life and Reduce Costs for Adults with Serious Mental Illness 01/14/12

Intensive, person-centered case management, peer support, and a discretionary fund for adults with serious mental illness leads to better access to treatment, job training, and employment; fewer suicide/self-harm attempts, hospitalizations, incarcerations, and days of homelessness; and lower mental illness-related costs.

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