Catawba Regional Partnership 

WHAT PARTNERSHIP PLANNING REGION 7 HAS ACCOMPLISHED

 

  • PPR 7’s Census Management Team (CMT) meets daily to determine appropriate level of care of currently hospitalized patients in local private hospitals, CSU, and Catawba.  Representatives of all of the facilities and BRBH comprise the team. Patients are transferred to the state facility only if deemed clinically appropriate by the team.  Step-downs to CSU are encouraged.  Teamwork and collaboration has helped to promote a standard of least restrictive, appropriate level of care.
        
  • The only regional Crisis Stabilization Unit, Rita J. Gliniecki Recovery Center, is a medically supervised facility.  This helps to decrease the number of admissions to private hospitals and use of LIPOS funds. Use of CSU as an appropriate alternative to acute in-patient admission is promoted through CMT discussions, and networking with local hospitals.
     
  • PPR 7 is currently utilizing evidenced based interventions for increasing engagement in outpatient services upon discharge.  Follow up with continued services has been shown to decrease hospital readmission rates.  There are numerous strategies shown to improve follow-up after discharge, which the region has had in place, such as minimal wait time for an appointment at the CSB, meeting with the hospital discharge planner and having an appointment made prior to discharge, and discussions regarding care between the inpatient and outpatient staff prior to discharge.  Other interventions recently implemented include strategies to directly link the patient to follow up services through extended efforts by the hospital discharge planner and direct connection with a homeless case manager while in the hospital for individuals who are without housing.
     
  • PPR 7 is also focused on expediting discharges from Catawba State Hospital using RDAP funds in the development of fiscally efficient, creative, and individualized discharge plans.  Approximately 85% of individuals discharged from Catawba with annual RDAP plans have avoided rehospitalization in the past 2 years.  One-time RDAP funds allow for more patients to be discharged quickly with the necessary provisions and services to lead a successful life in the community.  Additional RDAP funding is also a current need for the region.
       
  • PPR 7 actively promotes Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training among local law enforcement.   MHA-RV and the region’s Court Community Corrections program have taken a lead role in advancing the training to local police departments.  The program has been successful in de-escalation of potentially dangerous situations involving individuals experiencing a mental health crisis and promoted collaboration between law enforcement and mental health professionals.
     
  • PPR’s community partners bring a wealth of expertise and accomplishments to the Partnership.  We are the only region with MHA and NAMI represented as active partners.  In addition to the CIT training with Court Community Corrections, our partners have developed the Roanoke Mental Health Collaborative as a highly successful resource for individuals who are unable to obtain therapeutic and psychiatric services elsewhere. It is completely staffed by volunteers including third year psychiatric residents.  The Collaborative serves about 260 people a year and works because of the buy in from everyone in the community.   Additionally, Mental Health First Aide training is provided to individuals and groups in the community who may have contact or be working with individuals with mental illness.