The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $685 million to 39 national and regional collaboratives, including the National Council for Behavioral Health, to participate in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative. The National Council will receive $7.7 million in the first of a four-year grant to provide technical assistance to clinicians serving individuals with serious mental illnesses in New York.
Support will enable 4,000 clinicians to utilize technology-based care coordination and a continuum of evidence-based clinical interventions in order to reduce rehospitalization rates for New Yorkers with serious mental illnesses—specifically those with schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder and chronic depression. Such populations are often high risk during the post-discharge period after psychiatric or medical hospitalization.
The network will help clinicians in using a centralized care management program that coordinates care in the post-discharge period and a technology platform that ensures communication between providers and across organizations. A data-driven learning collaborative will also drive evidence-based practices to best serve the target population.
According to National Council, the technical assistance will include ongoing virtual support, monthly webinars and in-person meetings to help participating clinicians meet the initiative’s phases of transformation and associated milestones, clinical and operational benchmarks.
The ultimate goal for HHS is to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information and spend healthcare dollars more wisely.
More information on the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative is here.
The list of awardees and their project abstracts is here.