Increase equitable access to skilled and coordinated care between outpatient specialty behavioral health* and the larger health system, including primary care, while decreasing barriers (e.g. stigma, availability of appropriate mental health providers etc.) to ensure an effective and timely response.
*Specialty Behavioral Health includes mental health, substance abuse, and developmental services that are delivered in specialty settings (outside of primary care).
- Increase availability of behavioral health providers in marginalized areas of the region
- Increase timeliness and engagement when referred from primary care to specialty behavioral health
- Standardize screening processes for appropriate levels of follow-up care across services
The Central Oregon Health Council assembled RHIP Workgroups, groups of community professionals focused on some aspect of the Regional Health Improvement Plan, in 2016 to strategize and address the RHIP Health Indicators for each area of focus.