CareLink Transitions Program Highlighted by SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions

Family Services, Inc., a community behavioral health provider in Montgomery County, received a two-year grant from the Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC) last year to expand its “Carelink Transition Program,” which identifies individuals who present at hospital emergency departments for behavioral health needs and provides comprehensive care coordination and access to behavioral health and somatic care services in the community. The Carelink Transition Program was recently highlighted by the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions as a program that serves as a model to show the economic value of integrated care. To read the SAMHSA-HRSA press release, click here. 

Supporting access to behavioral health services in the community was a priority area in the Commission’s Call for Proposals this year, and the Lower Shore Clinic, a community behavioral health provider in Salisbury, received a two-year grant to implement its “CareWrap” program in partnership with Peninsula Regional Medical Center. The CareWrap program was modeled after the CareLink program in Montgomery County and serves as one example of how the CHRC looks to support programs that are innovative, sustainable, and replicable in other areas of the state.

Mosaic Community Services Inc. completes two-year grant with CHRC to integrate behavioral health services

In 2014, Mosaic Community Services Inc. received a two-year grant from the CHRC to promote the functional integration of behavioral health and primary care services for its clients. CHRC grant funds supported a portion of the operational costs of the Steven S. Sharfstein, M.D. Integrated Care Center on North Charles Street, which opened on N. Charles Street in May 2015. The grant also supported a partnership between Mosaic and Baltimore Medical System (BMS). During the course of the two-year program, more than 34,000 clients were screened for behavioral health issues at BMS, and 9,500 were screened for somatic issues at Mosaic. The program resulted in 30-day hospital readmissions being reduced by more than 50%, somatic emergency room visits being reduced by more than 30%, and significant reductions in the percentage of patients with high blood pressure or BMI>30.