T he 2011 Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) grant allows CRC to provide primary care services onsite to severe and persistent mentally-ill, low-income minorities. The primary care services integrate with CRC’s current behavioral health services to give a holistic approach that is culturally competent, of high quality and easily accessible. It seeks to

  • Improve quality of life
  • Increase patient and family understanding of the importance of physical health in mental health recovery/stability
  • Promote recovery and relapse prevention
  • Increase primary care services to consumers
  • Institute regular nurse case manager registries
  • Monitor and screen for blood pressure, blood-sugar, weight (BMI), lipid levels, vital signs and health education/wellness benefits

After a year, a random sample of 20 program participants showed fewer emergency room visits among 90 percent of the group.

Awarded to CRC in 2011, the four-year PBHCI grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Center for Mental Health Services.