Improving Access to BH Services
Access to behavioral health services in the community has gotten worse during the pandemic, exacerbating the youth mental health crisis. While many BHCs try to deliver services as a bridge to community mental health, more and more BHCs find themselves working towards a bridge to nowhere, as patients face long waitlists and other barriers in the community. Algorithms for BH referrals have to be revisited as pressure to squeeze more patients on the BHC schedules is increasing.
This month we had a facilitated discussion on team-based solutions to a cross-system problem. A research article on the topic was also discussed.