Clinical Care Coordination
SCDMH's New Service Branch: Clinical Care Coordination
Every client is given a comprehensive care assessment which identifies any medical, dental, housing, employment, education, behavioral or other community support need and the Care Coordinator, knowledgeable about the local community's resources, links the client to those resources and then monitors till successful completion. Of particular importance:
- Helping clients transition to the community from in-patient settings
- Increasing accessibility to all services in the community
There's at least one Clinical Care Coordinator at every Community Mental Health Center (17 CMHCs statewide) and at eight of the satellite clinics for a total of thirty-five (35) Coordinators and Supervisors (as of November 2013).
- 19 of the 35 Care Coordinators will have national certification by the University of Massachusetts' School of Medicine/ Primary & Behavioral Health Integration Center next month. The plan is to have all the Care Coordinators nationally certified.
- 12 of the 35 Coordinators have Masters, 23 have Bachelors and all are experienced in care coordination.
- During the first 6 months of operation, 19 Care Coordinators served 2,354 clients and provided over 8,000 care coordination services to those who suffer from major mood or thought disorders.