The New Oakland Behavioral Health Continuum: A Case Management Perspective
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New Oakland Continuum of Care – A Case Management Perspective
Meeting an Unmet Need for Integration of Services
Case management has never been a more important part of the effective delivery of behavioral healthcare.
As hospitals and health organizations struggle to make the most of a rapidly changing (and often diminishing) resource pool for mental health care, case managers find themselves on the front lines — along with medical and therapy professionals, social service organizations and others — balancing clinical needs, available resources and the imperative of insuring the best outcomes.
As with other forms of medical care, an increasing number of behavioral health cases are presenting themselves to hospital emergency rooms in times of crisis or near-crisis, where attending physicians are faced with a difficult decision to choose between inpatient psychiatric admission or sending patients home, sometimes with a prescription and direction for outpatient evaluation and therapy that may take weeks to schedule.
Within these rapidly evolving dynamics of mental health care delivery in have created both an urgent need and an opportunity for a new kind of mental health provider. With the changing clinical and economic pressures affecting the mental health system come changing opportunities to respond with greater customization and agility to the needs of the youth who represent the future of our region.
At the heart of this need is the concept of person-centered planning (PCP) for individuals with developmental disabilities, serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance and co-occurring disorders, especially including substance abuse.
Within this environment, the New Oakland model is a model built to help clients overcome mental health challenges and achieve community inclusion and participation, independence, and productivity.
As a proud and long-standing behavioral health provider in southeast Michigan, we at New Oakland believe strongly in pioneering new approaches to individuals and families as they seek (and sometimes struggle) to overcome mental health conditions.
The obstacles they may face are many, but one of them should not be the limited capacity or flexibility of the mental health systems in their communities they rely on to realize their goals and hopes, build their strengths, express their preferences and develop their plans for a life with meaning.