We are partnering with three Behavioral Health Care Collaboratives (BHCCs) in the region to improve behavioral health outcomes. These include Your Health Partners of the Finger Lakes, Finger Lakes Southern Tier Network, and Integrity Partners for Behavioral Health. Each of these BHCCs represent a comprehensive network of providers that support the health and social needs of individuals in the Finger Lakes region.
The BHCCs will be leveraging performance outcome data to identify and implement quality improvement initiatives to improve behavioral health outcomes. A key strategy is to strengthen care coordination and linkages between hospitals and behavioral health providers in the community to reduce unnecessary emergency room visits and improve on other key outcomes.
Importantly, each of the BHCCs will be hiring additional Peer Specialists to enhance the support that is provided to individuals with behavioral health needs. Peers with lived experiences which have them relate to and assist individuals who may be struggling with their mental health and/or substance use disorder will provide critical support. Peers also support individuals by providing connections to necessary community services.