INPATIENT PROJECT

The Hospital Community Linkages (HCL) Inpatient project was created as part of a regional response to provided acute and emergency behavioral health services. Through the use of a designated liaison per provider, the Inpatient Project identifies and refers potential consumers, facilitates the referral and ensures discharge documentation is
transferred for continuity of care.

THE CMHC LIAISON’S ROLE INCLUDES:

  • Rapid identification, assessment and referral to community supports during the inpatient hospitalization.

  • Intensive outreach which may include follow up phone calls, home visits and transporting to first appointment.

  • Facilitating consumer admission with CMHC to ensure active connection to services.
  • The Hospital Community Linkages (HCL) Inpatient project was created as part of a regional response to the April 2010 closure of Metropolitan St. Louis Psychiatric Center, which provided acute and emergency behavioral health services. To help the region respond to the closure, the Department of Mental Health (DMH) pledged dollars to the Eastern Region which included funds for treatment at Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) for consumers after they were discharged from inpatient care. The target population for this project includes: adults who are uninsured or have regular Medicaid insurance, are not already linked to CMHC care, and have a qualifying behavioral health diagnosis.

    HCL has an Engagement Rate that is 22% HIGHER than the national average

    IMPACT BY THE NUMBERS

    2,220Referrals Recieved

    1,645Referrals scheduled for an appointment

    1,000Consumers showed to an appointment

    27Percent

    Reduction in cost per visit ($400 per person per ED visit)

    47Percent

    Reduction in total psychiatric emergency room visits

    57Percent

    Reduction in inpatient days

    278Percent

    Projected return on investment

    For more information on the Hospital Community Linkages Program and our other Current Initiatives