BHN News & Media
August 2017 – Bridges Celebrates a Year of Enhanced Community Awareness of Behavioral Health Needs and Initiatives through Media Coverage
Bridges to Care and Recovery focuses on development of churches, advocates and community resources to increase access to and reduce stigma around behavioral health in North St. Louis City and County. In Fiscal Year 2017, in an effort to further increase awareness, BCR utilized the media to share information about behavioral health needs and related events and activities being held in the community. Media coverage included:
Rose Jackson Beavers, BCR Program Manager, Amber Fulton, BCR Community Connector and Pastor B.T. Rice, BCR Steering Committee Member joined KPLR to discuss the effects of Mental Health in the African American Community and churches.
Check out the Pulse of St. Louis: Mental health and the St. Louis religious community: http://kplr11.com/2017/05/20/the-pulse-of-st-louis-mental-health-and-the-st-louis-religious-community/
Pastor B.T. Rice wrote about the need to reduce the stigma of mental health in African-American communities, by providing education, awareness, and resources, and working with pastors and bringing awareness about depression, anxiety, and other illnesses that affect our mental health is making a difference. Pastor Rice noted we will continue to provide a message of hope, and encouragement while providing information to help those who may be suffering.
Check out Pastor Rice’s article in St. Louis American newspaper, published May 12, 2017: http://www.stlamerican.com/religion/local_religion/changingthemessage-about-mental-health-from-the-pulpit/article_dccced7e-35f3-11e7-9e3c-7bc6e89038d8.htmlB
The St. Louis American highlighted the vital role of Bridges-trained Wellness Champions in partner churches, stressing that research reports nine out of 10 African Americans view their church as having a positive impact on their lives and that African-Americans prefer to rely on their church for support with mental health problems as opposed to seeking professional help.
Check out the article in St. Louis American newspaper, published September 15, 2016: http://www.stlamerican.com/your_health_matters/health_news/churches-train-as-wellness-champs/article_5492ce6e-7ae2-11e6-836d-83a1a1cff581.html
August 2017 – UPCOMING EVENT– Hospital Community Linkages (HCL) Learning Session: Serving Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis (BHN) will host a learning session specially geared toward those that work in behavioral health (mental health and substance use). The session will cover:
- Key Services: Dept. of Mental Health (DMH) services for adult clients with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD)
- Access: Optimal ways to access those services, including cross-agency staff collaboration
- Co-occurring IDD/Behavraiol Health Considerations: Tips to keep in mind when serving clients with co-occurring IDD and behavioral health (mental health and substance use) disorders
Speakers: Introduction by Melantha Witherspoon, MA, LBA – Area Behavior Analyst, Eastern Region, DMH.
- Phillip Bozich, MEd – Supervisor, St. Louis Regional Office County/Tri-County Behavior Resource Team; Statewide Behavior Resource Steering Committee
- Diane Pfaus, MAT – Intake/Assessment and Support Intensity Scale (SIS) Supervisor, St. Louis County and St. Louis Tri-County Regional Offices.
Who May Participate? As space is limited, BHN welcomes staff affiliated with the Hospital Community Linkages Inpatient and Emergency Room Enhancement projects and their colleagues, participants of the Eastern Region Co-Occurring Developmental Disability and Behavioral Health Committee and their colleagues, as well as staff affiliated with one of BHN’s other projects (see bhnstl.org/current-projects/ to learn more.)
Space is limited. Your RSVP is requested at www.hclidd.eventbrite.com by 8/18/17.
Please contact Sally Haywood of BHN at 314-449-6713, firstname.lastname@example.org
September 2016 – BHN hosts “Care Transitions in Behavioral Health” Presentation
BHN’s Adult Services Advisory Board is pleased to have hosted “Care Transitions in Behavioral Health,” a presentation highlighting the current landscape of care transitions in behavioral healthcare and opportunities for providers to enhance transitions for consumers. With more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health, Charles Ingoglia, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Practice Improvement at the National Council for Behavioral Health, provided a national perspective on challenges and responses in the current transitions of care setting.
This event was generously sponsored by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a company of Johnson & Johnson.
July 2016 – BHN “Behavioral Health Provider Services Inventory” Launch
BHN is pleased to announce the opening of its inaugural Behavioral Health Provider Services Inventory.
April 2016 – BHN Programs Featured in Strategies to Improve Behavioral Health Care Guide
BHN was recently featured in the Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence guide “Triple Aim Strategies to Improve Behavioral Health Care,” as part of the American Hospital Association’s efforts to transform systems of care. BHN programs including Hospital Community Linkages’ Inpatient and Emergency Room Enhancement programs and Bridges to Care and Recovery were highlighted as models for community partnerships to improve systems of care around behavioral health needs.
To learn more read the guide “Triple Aim Strategies to Improve Behavioral Health Care” or visit hpoe.org.
August 2014 – BHN Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Wendy Orson, who succeeded Diane McFarland as Chief Executive Officer effective August 18, 2014.
Ms. Wendy Orson has been committed to non-profit mental health and substance use services for over twenty years. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Angelo State University in Texas. She is licensed as a Professional Counselor. Prior to joining BHN, she served as the Vice President of Clinical Services at ALM Hopewell Center, with a focus on integrating behavioral health and primary care services. Ms. Orson previously served as a Senior Vice President at Preferred Family Healthcare, and as the Chief Executive Officer at Comprehensive Health Systems in Hannibal, Missouri. Ms. Orson has extensive experience in non-profit leadership, program development and planning, quality management, and developing community relationships. She believes these experiences will help her carry out the mission of BHN to improve the community by leading behavioral health planning and coordination.
March 2014- BHN to be honored at FOCUS St. Louis 2014 What’s Right With The Region! Awards for Fostering Regional Collaboration.
This award goes to the 100’s of people who have come together to improve the system of care for persons impacted by mental health and substance use issues. Many thanks! WRWR Honorees Announcement Press Release 02 26 14
December 2013- Diane McFarland, CEO announces her retirement; Board initiates transition planning & seeks Interim CEO
Diane McFarland, Chief Executive Officer of BHN announced to the BHN Board of Directors earlier this fall that she plans to retire effective April 1, 2014. Diane has led the organization since 2010 when it was first created based upon the recommendation of the St. Louis Regional Health Commission to develop a permanent structure for regional behavioral health planning and coordination.
As a result of this announcement, the BHN Board of Directors initiated a strategic transition planning process to determine the requirements for a successor CEO that would best meet the long-term needs of the organization. “We are at a point in our organizational development where we want to give careful consideration to the future requirements for this position” said John Eiler, Board Chair. “Under Diane’s leadership we achieved some early wins and funding opportunities that provided us with a level of stability and some pathways for growth. We now must determine what’s required to successfully fulfill our mission well into the future.”
Recruitment for an interim CEO who will assist the board in implementing the transition plan is now underway. Interested candidates should review the application requirements outlined in the BHN Interim CEO position announcement.
July 2013- Eastern Region to be allocated up to $1.2 million for Emergency Room Enhancement Project
As part of Governor Nixon’s Strengthening Missouri’s Mental Health System initiative, up to $1.2 million funding will be allocated annually by the Missouri Department of Mental Health’s (DMH) Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) to implement an Emergency Room Enhancement Project in the Eastern Region of Missouri. BHN has been requested to develop a regional proposal on behalf of the region’s DMH Administrative Agents: BJC Behavioral Health, Crider Health Center, COMTREA Comprehensive Health Center, and Hopewell Center. This proposal will build upon the current Hospital-Community Linkages (HCL) Project model to incorporate referrals directly from emergency rooms.
For additional information see the Emergency Room Enhancement PROJECT OVERVIEW .
To view a copy of the of the key proposal requirements please see ER ENHANCEMENT PROPOSAL KEY REQUIRMENTS.
May 2013- Public Forum on the Impact of Medicaid Expansion a Success
Around 70 people came to the Public Forum on the Impact of Strengthening Medicaid on Missouri’s Mental Health System on April 17. Below, special guest speaker Keith Shafer, Director of the Missouri Department of Mental Health, and BHN Board and Advisory Board members (respectively) Kim Gladstone and Lynn Sanderson speak about the impact Medicaid expansion would have on behavioral health providers and clients in the eastern region.
June 2013- Board Approves Core Values and Guiding Principles for Adult System of Care
The BHN’s Adult Services Advisory Board spent several months adapting the core values and guiding principles of the children’s system of care to apply to an adult system of care. The document outlines three core values and 13 guiding principles to support a coordinated network of care for adults with, or at risk for mental health and addiction problems. The Board approved the document at the May meeting. View the document:Adult System of Care Core Values and Guiding Principles
April 2013- Press Release: Public Forum on the Impact of Strengthening Medicaid on Missouri’s Mental Health System
April 2013- BHN 2011-2012 REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY RELEASED MARCH 2013
In March of 2013 BHN released a report to the community detailing the progress and accomplishments of BHN over the past two years. Read the full report HERE.
February 2013- Senator Blunt visits Crider Health Center
December 2012-Recommended Talking Points in Response to Newtown Tragedy
December 2012-Accessing Mental Health Care – Media Coverage
11-2012- Bridges to Care and Recovery News Release
May 2012- “St. Louis community works together to fix troubled care for mental illness”
In May of 2012, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Health Reporter Michelle Munz wrote about the work of the BHN and initial success of the Hospital-Community Linkages Project.
A Day with Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter News Release