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John Day selected for two-year Oregon health care demonstration project

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Published on June 13, 2017 3:48PM

Community Counseling Solutions selected to participate in Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic program.

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Community Counseling Solutions in John Day was one of 12 sites in Oregon selected to participate in a two-year Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic program.

Oregon was one of eight states in a two-year demonstration project to implement CCBHCs and evaluate the impact of these new providers on access, cost and quality of community behavioral health care, according to a press release from CCS. The programs seek to integrate components of physical health, or primary care, into behavioral health settings to address the whole person.

Oregon’s Health Authority selected providers for the demonstration project across the state that represented urban, rural and frontier communities. CCS was uniquely positioned for this opportunity, as a rural health center with a primary care provider, along with a community behavioral health program, all under the same roof.

“I see the CCBHC project as a bridge linking primary care and behavioral health, removing barriers to quality health care,” CCS Executive Director Kimberly Lindsay said in the release. “It’s an incredible opportunity to serve the people of Grant County and strengthen relationships with our partners in the health care field.”

By offering a comprehensive array of services, with standards focused on coordination of care, the goal is higher quality care, compared to a model that focuses on quantity of care. A core component of this effort is testing whether screening Medicaid beneficiaries for health-related social needs (tobacco, alcohol and drug use), along with referrals to community-based health services, will improve quality and affordability of health care.

At a minimum, the goal of the CCBHC model is to assist Medicaid beneficiaries struggling with unmet health-related social needs become aware of the community-based services available to them and receive timely assistance accessing those services.

Community Counseling Solutions is located at 528 E. Main St., John Day. For more information, call 541-575-1466.


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