Maine CMHC Patients Connected to Primary Care Providers Through MeHAF Grants



Five nonprofit organizations throughout Maine will be receiving $25,000 each in grants for connecting primary care providers with patients receiving mental health services and substance abuse treatment, according to an announcement from the Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF).

The grants, approved by MeHAF’s Board of Trustees, are aimed at improving primary care service coordination with medical specialty care, behavioral health services, and oral health care. MeHAF President and CEO, Dr. Wendy Wolf, M.D., M.P.H., states " These grants will allow mental health providers to develop a framework for integrating primary care services within their community mental health centers so the centers can serve as a comprehensive 'health home' for their patients. This new approach will ensure that people with serious mental illness receive higher quality care in a more cost-effective and timely way. Primary care will be coordinated by the mental health providers these patients already trust." Dr. Becky Hayes Boober, Ph.D., MeHAF Senior Program Officer overseeing the grants, adds, "These grants will help community mental health organizations become what the MaineCare and federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) call 'Behavioral Health Homes.' A 'Behavioral Health Home' is not a place but a new way of coordinating patient care and community services.”

The following organizations are recipients of the Behavioral Health Homes (BHH) grants:

  •  Aroostook Mental Health Services, Inc. for its project developing BHH services in outpatient clinic sites.
  • The Charlotte White Center for its project designing a rural BHH for adults with serious mental illness in Piscataquis County.
  • HealthReach Network Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services for its project establishing a collaborative with several community behavioral health organizations with integrated care to explore best practices for creating BHHs in two counties.
  • The Opportunity Alliance for its project creating a BHH in Portland to meet the primary care, behavioral health, and community living needs of individuals living with severe and persistent mental illness and other chronic health conditions.
  • Tri-County Mental Health Services for incorporating the services of a nurse practitioner into a Community Mental Health Center and integrating care with area primary care providers for people with severe and persistent mental illness.

View the funding announcement here: