Learn More About BHN

The Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis (BHN) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization formed in 2010 based on the recommendation of the St. Louis Regional Health Commission’s (RHC) “2006-2010 Eastern Region Behavioral Health Initiative” to establish a permanent structure for on-going region-wide behavioral health system planning and coordination.


MISSION:
To improve our community by leading behavioral health planning and coordination


VISION:
Through the development of a coordinated, accessible, effective and accountable system of behavioral health and support services, the people in our region will reach their highest potential

HISTORY

The Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis (BHN) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization formed in 2010 based on the recommendation of the St. Louis Regional Health Commission's (RHC) "2006-2010 Eastern Region Behavioral Health Initiative" to establish a permanent structure for on-going region-wide behavioral health system planning and coordination. A summary of the 4 year initiative can be found in the RHC Pathways to Progress-Transforming the Behavioral Health System, 2006-2010 report to the community.

The initial 4 year project was a component of Missouri's Comprehensive Plan for Mental Health developed by the Governor's Mental Health Transformation Working Group. Funding for the BHN is supported in part by grant number 6 U79 SM57474-01-1 from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grant (MHT SIG) program. For more information on the Missouri Mental Health Transformation Initiative go to: www.motransformation.com

BHN has undergone a lot of change over the past two years. Diane McFarland, who is credited for her role in taking the Behavioral Health Network from a regional committee to an independent organization, retired in April 2014. Karl Wilson and Mark Stansberry served in interim leadership roles until Wendy Orson joined BHN as CEO in August 2014. Mark Utterback succeeded John Eiler as Board Chair in 2015. After receiving immense support (including office space) from Behavioral Health Response, BHN moved to St. Louis City. Staffing increased from 1.5 FTE to 4.5 FTE as initiatives expanded and new contracts were obtained. Overall budgeted revenue increased by $315,000 between 2014 and 2016 with newly acquired funding for key projects.

Throughout this transition, we have collectively been dedicated to enhancing and strengthening existing projects to improve coordination of care and access to services. We have worked to develop innovative, non-traditional ways to provide outreach and early intervention in order to engage traditionally hard-to-reach populations. We have also developed strategies to strengthen regional reporting of data related to behavioral health indicators.

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