Opening Minds

Integrated Care Evaluation

In 2008, to address the need for evidence-based integrated care in the mental health field, the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation developed a three-year initiative to implement and evaluate models that integrate behavioral health services into primary care settings.  Eight school-based, hospital and community clinics were selected.

This year, one of the hospital sites started tracking patients who frequently visited the Emergency Room (ER) to access behavioral health services.  Now that these patients are able to receive services in the clinic, ER use has decreased by an average of 71%.

Ellen Portnoy, Administrative Director of Patient Services at Sinai-Grace Hospital Psychiatry stated, “While there are still challenges to integrating behavioral health services into our hospital clinic, we are excited with the preliminary results.”

To read the findings from the first two years of the initiative, please click on the following link: Integrated Care Evaluation Results Through Year 2.

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