Guild Incorporated Joins Alliance of Five Behavioral Health Organizations
December 22, 2014
Contact: Kristi Hamilton
Minnesota Community Healthcare Network supports goals of Affordable Care Act
Alliance formed to help high-risk, low-income people with complex mental and physical health issues
St. Paul, MN — An alliance of five Twin Cities health care organizations has been formed to work together to participate in innovative care models, providing care coordination and an array of community-based behavioral health services to individuals who have serious mental illnesses, as well as co-occurring health conditions, and face other challenges including homelessness, unemployment and poverty.
The name of the new organization is Minnesota Community Healthcare Network, Inc. (MCHN). MCHN member organizations include Canvas Health, Guild Incorporated, Mental Health Resources, Inc., RESOURCE, Inc. and Touchstone Mental Health. Grace Tangjerd Schmitt, president – Guild Incorporated, will act as chair of the newly formed collaborative. Martha Lantz, executive director – Touchstone Mental Health, will serve as treasurer, and Kelly Matter, president and CEO – RESOURCE, Inc., will serve as secretary.
“By collaborating, we plan to improve care to people with complex health problems,” said Tangjerd Schmitt. “We also want to increase our client’s involvement in their own health care, rewarding wellness and recovery while decreasing the total cost of care resulting in a higher quality of care and better outcomes.”
The group’s first endeavor will be an e-health project with Hennepin Health, an innovative health care delivery program in collaboration among Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center (NorthPoint), Metropolitan Health Plan (MHP), and Human Services and Public Health Department (HSPHD) of Hennepin County.
MCHN will receive $567,597 of State Innovation Model (SIM) grant funds through the Minnesota Department of Health for this project. This funding is part of a $45 million SIM testing grant jointly received by the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Human Services in 2013 from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to help implement the Minnesota Accountable Health Model. The group will establish a structure for health information exchange (HIE) allowing connectivity for each MCHN member to collect, exchange and analyze clinical health information. The secure and seamless exchange of information in real time supports the “Triple Aim”, the goal of the Minnesota Accountable Health Model, to improve health outcomes, increase patient satisfaction with their care, and reduce health care costs.
In addition to administering this initial project, MCHN plans to increase collaboration among Minnesota health care providers serving people with serious mental health issues, educate health insurers, health care providers, policy makers and government officials about ways to include behavioral health into service delivery. It also plans to define and promote behavioral health models that reward wellness and recovery, as well as create and build relationships with potential partners.