Northeast Missouri Coalition of Community Mental Health Providers
Working together to improve care to patients . . .
Over the past few years, serving patients and families affected by mental illness has become even more complex. Mental health services are increasingly delivered in settings outside the hospital by a myriad of frequently unaffiliated providers. Inpatient mental health beds continue to be eliminated and payment sources for all services have continued to decline. State funding for community mental health centers to provide care to the uninsured has been eliminated while the number of uninsured residents is increasing. The Missouri Department of Mental Health is also systematically reintegrating into the community those with mental illness who have formerly lived in state managed institutions.
To lead, support, and encourage excellence in health – the mission of HRHS – we have tried to intentionally foster collaboration among providers of mental health services in the region. After nearly 18 months of discussion and exploration, the Northeast Missouri Coalition of Community Mental Health Providers was officially formed in January 2012.
The Coalition’s purpose is to collaborate to improve the resources and services available for persons with mental illness in the counties of Marion, Ralls and the surrounding area. This broad-based group of providers includes most agencies providing mental health services in the region, those operating residential homes, and representatives of law enforcement, the judicial system, and the public administrator’s office.
The Coalition currently has task groups focusing on Crisis Intervention, Family and Community Education, and the potential for a Mental Health Court in the region. The Coalition has already been a catalyst for fostering communication between Community Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centers, the Hannibal Clinic and Hannibal Regional Medical Group all of which are affected by the emergence of Missouri’s new Medicaid-based medical home pilot project. Potential solutions for improving emergency transportation for mental health patients are also being explored by the Coalition. Representatives from the Department of Mental Health and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services are frequently participating with the Coalition to clarify common regulatory questions.
The Coalition meets the third Tuesday of each month at 2:00 pm at Mark Twain Behavioral Health.