Project Term: 24 months; Dec 2017 – Nov 2019
Grant Amount: $75,000
This grant will enable Livingston HealthCare to develop a comprehensive primary-care-based behavioral health care system across its inpatient and outpatient services; and foster community-wide integration through partnerships with Community Health Partners, Western Montana Community Mental Health Center, and local law enforcement. The project seeks to improve the continuity of care and patient outcomes through facilitating a coordinated transition for people in behavioral health crisis from emergency departments or inpatient services to stable, outpatient care. To accomplish this, the project will add a licensed clinical social worker to serve the emergency department and inpatient units. Desired outcomes include 1) yearly improvement in behavioral health care quality indices, 2) declining suicide rate, 3) declining rate of substance abuse in Park County and surrounding rural communities, and 4) reduced rate of incarceration for behavioral health issues.