Losing Focus, Missing Priorities in Establishing Integrated Care
In the rush to provide integrated services the focus has been on the chronic / seriously mentally ill population. With the mortality data suggesting a 25 year shorter life span, often due to treatable co-morbid chronic physical illness, this focus is necessary. But a review of data suggests that the mortality outcome in general mental health / substance abuse (GMH/SA) is at least as ominous if not worse. Integration needs to replace behavioral health carve-outs across the board. Should we continue to focus on a small subset of the behavioral health population (SMI /SPMI / CMI) we will miss the forest for the trees. Attend this session to learn examples of emerging projects in the Arizona public behavioral health system will be presented to meet the following
- Define the greater issues of what populations to integrate / where are the potential greater outcomes and savings
- Explore the internal barriers created by behavioral health carve- outs and the resistance to deconstruct the fire walls
- Consider the possibilities of reverse integration as a model to complement primary care integration
Who Will Benefit?
From Health Plans:
Chief Executive Officers, Chief Medical Officers, Chief Operating Officers and Medical Directors, Vice Presidents and Directors of:
- Behavioral Health
- Wellness Promotion
- Medical Management
- Chronic Care
Also of interest to:
Behavioral Health Management and Consulting Companies, Healthcare IT and Software Companies, Disease-Management Companies, Coordination of Benefit Companies
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About our Speakers
Dr. Bohanske is the Chief of Clinical Services and Clinical Training at Southwest Behavioral Health Services. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona with a major in Rehabilitation Psychology a minor in Clinical Psychology and an Advanced Cognate in Clinical Neuropsychology. His double masters are in Counseling and Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Southern California. His completed internships at the Center for the Study of Drug Abuse and Woodland Hills Psychiatric Medical Group, both in the Los Angeles area. He completed his Residency at the Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine and Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Institute of Behavioral Medicine both at Good Sam