Integrating Mental Health and Substance Use Services
In New York, 50% of people who suffer from a mental health disorder are simultaneously struggling with some form of substance use. NYSHealth invested nearly $4 million over five years, through 2012, to improve care for people who cope with mental health and substance use conditions at the same time, with a focus on reducing clinical, regulatory, and financial barriers.
Through the establishment of the Center for Excellence in Integrated Care (CEIC), NYSHealth supported efforts at clinical delivery sites throughout all phases of the recovery process, including identifying, diagnosing, and treating both conditions simultaneously. At the end of 2012, after a five-year investment, NYSHealth had successfully achieved its goals in this area. CEIC exceeded its target of working with 600 of the 1,000 licensed mental health and substance use programs across the State to help them make the necessary changes to address people’s mental health and substance use problems at the same time. Early evaluation results of the initiative show that these sites are now offering integrated care for people with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
Read the stories of patients and providers affected by the program. NYSHealth’s efforts to integrate substance use and mental health services also informed its focus on advancing primary care.
Clinics seeking to obtain evaluations and technical assistance to improve integrated care at their facilities can contact Michael Chaple, Deputy Director, Center for the Integration of Research & Practice, NDRI, at email@example.com for more information.
Measuring Our Impact
The program indicators below help us to track the Foundation’s and our grantees’ progress to improve the integration of services for people who cope with both mental health and substance use disorders at the same time. The social indicators help us to understand and track the context of our work, and help us keep the bigger picture in mind when we consider new grant proposals.View Program Impact View Social Impact