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Presenter – Wendy Silver RN BHCare 435 East Main St. Ansonia, CT 06401 tel. 203.736.2601 ext. 1224 email@example.com
Problem Overview – 25 years earlier mortality, suicide, accidents, complications secondary to lack of insurance, difficult access to medical care, obesity, diabetes, COPD, HTN, hyperlipidemia, elevated cholesterol and metabolic syndrome. SAMHSA Grant – 13 original colonies (now 54) given Federal funding to bring medical care to behavioral health care clinics. “Wellness” – (as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary): “The condition of good physical and mental health especially when maintained by proper diet, exercise and habits.” Engagement – goals and ownership for improved health (or documentation for disability status?) self direction individual and person centered empowerment holistic non-linear strength-based respect responsibility peer supported hope
Medical Program – medical care on site once weekly, scheduled appts. and slots for walk-ins, referrals to specialists (dental, ortho., derm. GYN etc.) and for testing (X-rays, MRIs, labwork). Labs also drawn on site. Access to RN 4 days/wk. for engagement, consultation, triage, direction and support. CDT and TRAC interviews and updates. Flu clinic.
Wellness Classes – 10 sessions (see summary of topics) 4 times per yearHelpful information, connection, a meeting place for dialogue about health and well being with peer support 1:1 as desired. A place to bring questions and concerns about various topics related to health.
Benefits – access to medical care on site, referrals, testing and lab work Case managers can facilitate transportation if and when needed for medical care and/or further diagnostic testing or treatment. Related Topics and barriers – difficulty with engagement/retention (clients and providers!), difficulty with phones, late cancellations, no shows, fluctuating interest/follow through in personal health and well-being dependent upon other factors including, mood, finances, family dynamics/chaos, work schedule, child care, child illness etc. Miscellaneous – availability, responsiveness, sharing information, engagement opportunities, openess to introducing wellness concepts wherever and whenever possible. Meet the inquirer at their level of interest. Help facilitate access and connection to care.