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October 16 2019

C3 Pilot Project Launch
The Community Coordination of Care (C3) Pilot Project formally launched on September 30, 2019.  This represents the culmination of more than one year of planning for a system-wide continuum of care that integrates medical, behavioral health and social services to better address the social determinants of health.
The pilot project targets children and adults with mental illness and a social service need who have incomes below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and live in Spring Branch or Northeast Houston.  Based upon the Pathways Community HUB Model, the pilot includes a network of a dozen community organizations that have committed to providing eligible clients with primary care, mental health, substance use disorder and social services such as rental assistance, transportation and employment services.  Three community care coordinators have been hired to work alongside the patients in the community in order to help remove any barriers that keep them from accessing services.  Clients also consent to sharing their health information through an electronic platform that allows partner organizations to close the loop on referrals and track their care plan progress.
Since the launch, several enrollments have already been made into the program and are showing early results.  Less than four days after one client's initial enrollment, the care team efficiently coordinated services to assist in achieving and maintaining the client's goals towards sustainability, while also closing pathways!  As the program continues to grow, NBHP will be sure to share its learnings and outcomes with the greater Houston community and beyond.
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Community Training

Join us Wednesday, October 30, 2019

To RSVP for our Community Training event, please click on: 

Tropical Storm Imelda
Tropical Storm Imelda made landfall in Freeport on September 17, 2019 afternoon and triggered major flash flooding in southeast Texas. Houston experienced heavy rains in the short amount of time from September 18 - 19, leaving parts of the city flooded with up to 41 inches of rain in some parts. 

Homeowners, renters, and businesses who suffered damages from Tropical Storm Imelda are urged to register with FEMA by calling FEMA's toll-free number at 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 1-800-462-7585). If you want to access information about other federal resources for Imelda recovery via the web, please visit: Disaster Assistance and type in your address to see what kind of aid is available in your area.
 Member Spotlight
NBHP  is proud to highlight the work of our members. An example of our members' extraordinary work is the Houston Methodist Hospital, whose work on Preventing Avoidable Readmissions is generating great impact by improving the health of behavioral health patients. 

The Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program at Houston Methodist Hospital recognizes that behavioral health patients may face additional obstacles to improved health, ranging from expensive medications requiring close management, to chronic co-morbidities, as well as socio-economic problems.  Understanding the patients who are more likely to be readmitted allows Houston Methodist to target resources to those who are most at risk.  They use three screenings tools to identify patients at high risk: 1) a readmission risk assessment scale, 2) the PHQ-9, which is a depression scale (PHQ-9), and 3) the Audit-C, which addresses potential drug/alcohol bingeing.

Once that identification occurs, the patient is invited into a program that includes a tele-health home visit and series of automated telephone calls addressing health concerns.  From September 2018-September 2019, the DSRIP program completed 658 home visits, in which an aide used Face Time to assist the team RN or NP in doing evaluations of newly-discharged patients.  The team educator also would follow up by phone with patients who are either flagged in the automated calls or who are unable to have a home visit.
Houston Methodist also uses a contract tele-psych service in its emergency departments in order to evaluate and prescribe medications for patients with mental illness.  This service addresses the community hospitals without staff psychiatry, or those hours when the hospitalists are unavailable.  From 2018-2019, tele-psych consults jumped 147% (1,273 to 3,141).  Tele-health is becoming an increasingly important tool for treating patients with behavioral health issues. 
Mental Health in Communities of Color

On Saturday, September 28, NBHP Executive Director Andrea Usanga moderated a panel discussion entitled “Mental Health in Communities of Color.”  Hosted by The Honorable Jeremy Brown, Justice of the Peace for Precinct 7, Place 1, the event brought together community leaders and mental health advocates to discuss topics ranging from prevention and early intervention to decriminalization of mental illness.  Panelists included NBHP Member Neal Sarahan (NAMI Greater Houston), NBHP Affiliate Member Regenia Hicks (Harris County Juvenile Probation Department) and Eboni Harris (Melanin and Mental Health).

Member Announcements
The Council on Recovery is accepting referrals immediately  for its Daytime Treatment track through Healing Choices Intensive Outpatient Program, which plans to launch in OctoberDaytime IOP is a great option for individuals who work a second or third shift, stay-at-home parents with childcare obligations in the morning and evening, individuals living in sober living facilities, or retirees and others with flexible schedules. Click here for more information. 

NBHP’s Disaster Behavioral Health Initiative, as well as the work of some of our members, was covered in the Community Impact Newspaper.  You can read the article here:
Kingwood residents heal from disaster trauma 2 years post-Harvey.
For a list of our members and affiliate partners, please visit: Members and Affiliate Partners. If you are a behavioral health provider interested in joining NBHP, please visit Membership  for more information.
NBHP Contact Information

Andrea Usanga
Executive Director
Phone: 713-970-7046

Sineria Ordóñez 
Project Manager
Phone: 713-970-3410

Alexis Campbell 
C3 Project Manager

Phone: 713-970-3910 
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