The Power of Partnerships
Working together, we can make great strides.
Last month, we were pleased to share in the news that Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton will partner with South Shore Mental Health in the development of a community integrated behavioral health program to improve the region’s services for mental health and substance abuse patients. Focusing largely on the creation of patient-centered enhancements to the hospital’s emergency department, the program will add capability for telehealth psychiatric assessments and other intervention services to facilitate patient diagnosis and treatment recommendations. The initiative will support a South Shore Mental Health team including crisis assessment clinicians, a behavioral health navigator, and certified peer specialists who will provide clinical, supportive, and follow-up services to behavioral health patients within BID-Milton’s Emergency Department, primary practice building, and other locations within the hospital and community.
This important collaboration to integrate behavioral healthcare services into the hospital’s emergency department will also focus on better coordinating patient services across the region and improving the continuum of care by strengthening ties among behavioral health providers, primary care physicians, schools, and other community-based treatment organizations. With a shared commitment, we are excited to enter into this new partnership—eager to combine our strengths and work together to ensure that behavioral health patients have sufficient access to the appropriate level of care, where and when they need it.
Partnerships have always been vital to the mission of South Shore Mental Health. Working alongside teachers, guidance counselors, physicians, and other professionals, our Bayview Counseling Services clinicians are best equipped to develop comprehensive treatment plans based on a multitude of professional opinions and perspectives. Close to home, our relationships with the Quincy Public School System and Quincy Asian Resources provide us with insight that is invaluable to meeting the individual needs of students and their families within the community.
We also welcome opportunities to partner with doctors and researchers whose work is dedicated to improving the lives of mental health patients. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Harvard Medical School Professor Dr. John Weisz, providing him with a site for research on Treatment Response Assessment for Children (TRAC). This ongoing study using the TRAC system follows children and their caregivers as they provide regular, online feedback about their treatment. Delivering feedback results in graphical form, TRAC enables clinicians to determine how well patients are responding to treatment, whether treatment should be adapted, and when it can be stopped based on results.
Our work with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Mass Child Trauma Project also continues with great emphasis on educating SSMH clinicians to work within the framework of the ARC Treatment Model for those who have experienced traumatic stress. Focusing on Attachment, Self-Regulation, Competency—and how the three are impacted by trauma—the model provides both structure and guidelines for intervention and treatment of this population of patients.
Recognizing that much can be accomplished when we combine resources and take advantage of each other’s strengths, we look forward to both new and continued collaboration with schools, hospitals, clinics, public and private agencies, and other organizations who share our commitment to building hope and changing lives for those with mental illness.
South Shore Mental Health