Regional Initiatives


Since October 2015, St Louis County Police Department has
partnered with BHN to address challenges Crisis Intervention
Team (CIT) officers—specially trained law enforcement who
address calls of individuals in which behavioral health needs are
present—face due to limited access to behavioral health
reporting. Without a central database and uniform data
collection, officers do not have information available that could
benefit individuals, officers, and public safety and improve
outcomes for those engaging with law enforcement. BHN
guides planning and coordination of: (1) the development
and implementation of a web based computer information
system, (2) determining the effectiveness of the CIT program and utilization of information to make informed decisions,
and (3) facilitating a cooperative relationship and
coordinated service delivery approach between the regional
CIT programs and safety-net providers.

Technology Assisted Care Coordination (TACC)

The TACC project is an upcoming effort by BHN in collaboration
with Preferred Family Healthcare, a regional Substance Use (SU)
treatment provider funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The program will
utilize an interactive text messaging intervention and
telecoaching program (Epharmix) developed by researchers at
Washington University’s School of Medicine, to expand and
enhance support, treatment, and referral services provided to
high-utilizing Medicaid clients who have impactable chronic
medical conditions. Through this effort we plan to expand and
enhance services by (1) Increasing engagement of persons in
treatment in their healthcare; (2) Increasing monitoring and
tracking of the mental and physical health status of individuals
for enriched case management and care coordination; (3)
Improving recovery and resiliency rates; and (4) Disseminating
effective treatment models and results among providers.

EPICC Opioid Overdose Response Project

Through a collaboration of regional substance use treatment providers and area hospitals, BHN has piloted infrastructure to expedite access to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and coordination of care from emergency departments to community-based settings. EPICC (Engaging Patients in Care Coordination) creates access to MAT, Recovery Coach peers, and other treatment services for those who present with or recently experienced an opioid related overdose. Recovery Coaches perform outreach 24/7 to accept referrals and enhance engagement and maintain contact to support retention in services, foster recovery, and reduce overdose rates that have reached epidemic levels in the Eastern Region. EPICC also works closely with MO Hope Project to provide opioid overdose education and distribute Narcan (a medication that blocks opioids and reverses overdose) to prevent overdose and reduce harm.

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BHN is committed to comprehensive data collection and reporting to support publically available data systems for tracking behavioral health. This enables health providers to assess the system indicators and change in health status attributable to behavioral health. BHN has continued to build its capacity to track and analyze relevant data and work with both local and state leadership to improve data availability. Key to this has been BHN's initiation of behavioral health data collection and publication in St. Louis Regional Health Commission's annual Access to Care Data Book. BHN has also made significant investments in leveraging innovative software to facilitate cross-agency data collection and information sharing. This shared repository aides in evaluation as well as regional care coordination of high need consumers.

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Regional Housing Collaborative

The Housing Collaborative's vision is for people with behavioral health needs to have access to an array of safe, decent and affordable permanent housing options through the region. Expansion of safe affordable housing and supportive service options for persons with behavioral health issues is a regional strategic priority. BHN is helping to respond to the overwhelming and pressing need for permanent, affordable, supported housing for individuals with a wide range of disabilities and life situations who are unable to secure and maintain housing through the Regional Housing Collaborative.

Data Resources

BHN is dedicated to the research,
collection, and sharing of quality data.

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data, reports, and other resources

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