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Behavioral Health Specialty

Behavioral health specialty programs are a core component to ensuring the overall health of patient populations and access to critical mental health treatment. But providers who deliver essential mental health support and treatment are facing an increasingly complicated environment of behavioral health needs.

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Behavioral Health Support and Treatment

According to the American Hospital Association, one in four Americans will experience and mental illness or substance abuse disorder each year. And approximately one in eight visits to emergency departments (EDs)1 in the United States involve mental and substance use disorders.
Behavioral health specialty programs are a core component to ensuring the overall health of patient populations and access to critical mental health treatment. And research has pointed to the cost-effectiveness and efficacy of behavioral health integration into primary care.
But providers who deliver essential mental health support and treatment are facing an increasingly complicated environment of behavioral health needs:
  • Among the 64,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016, more than 20,000 (30%) were attributed to fentanyl and synthetic opioid
  • Between 2002 and 2015, there was a 6.2-fold increase in the total number of deaths involving heroin
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and costs $69 billion annually
  • The national suicide rate is up 1.2% based on 2016 numbers
  • Since 2009, the rate of girls aged 10 to 14 arriving in the ER with self-inflicted injuries has increased by 19% per year
Over the past 10 years, hospitalizations for persons with mental health disorders have increased faster than hospitalizations for any other condition while the number of psychiatric hospital beds have decreased. There is increasing pressure to identify and prevent avoidable ER and inpatient stays for mental illnesses by adequality managing risk and disease progression through outpatient care.
Jvion behavioral health vectors help providers better manage patients who are at risk for a readmission related to their mental health, align targeted interventions that lower rates of suicide/self-harm and opioid addiction, and drive mental health treatment into the most appropriate care setting for the patient.

[1] Trends in Emergency Department Visits Involving Mental and Substance Use Disorders, 2006–2013. Audrey J. Weiss, Ph.D., Marguerite L. Barrett, M.S., Kevin C. Heslin, Ph.D., and Carol Stocks, Ph.D., R.N.; Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, December 2016. Statistical Brief #216.

 
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