The population of focus and geographic catchment area for the proposed CCBHC services is individuals with mental health and substance use disorders (SUD) in Hendricks County, Indiana, which is located within the Indianapolis metropolitan statistical area. Cummins Behavioral Health Systems, Inc. (Cummins)—proposes to establish a CCBHC at its Avon outpatient clinic—the largest of its five clinics—by expanding services to include 24/7 mobile crisis teams and co-located primary health care. Cummins is poised to implement the CCBHC at this location since it already provides most of the required services.
Indiana—a “Planning Grant” state (SM-16-001)—ranks among the worst states for the prevalence of adults with mental illness and the percentage of adults with mental illness who report they could not access care. Service gaps are particularly pronounced among vulnerable populations such as those struggling with unemployment, intergenerational poverty, and adolescent struggles, as well as veterans. Hendricks County lacks accessible, affordable, co-located primary and behavioral health care for these and other vulnerable populations.
The overall goal of this project is to increase access to primary and behavioral healthcare among vulnerable individuals in Hendricks County, Indiana by providing 24/7 access to evidence-based mental health and SUD services, identification and treatment of co-occurring disorders, and primary healthcare. Cummins will meet this goal through the following objectives: (1)
By September 30, 2020, Cummins will conduct a needs assessment to more comprehensively identify the gaps in outpatient behavioral health care services, including integrated primary care, in Hendricks County, Indiana; (2) By October 15, 2020, Cummins will identify strategies, including evidence-based practices and staffing modifications, to address the gaps identified in the needs assessment process; (3) By December 30, 2020, Cummins will provide the comprehensive scope of CCBHC model services in partnership with DCOs and care coordination partners and will self-certify or become formally certified as a CCBHC by the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addictions (DMHA); and (4) By December 30, 2020, Cummins will increase access to primary and behavioral healthcare among vulnerable individuals in Hendricks County as measured at least quarterly.
Cummins has established an agreement with a federally qualified health center (FQHC), Windrose Health Network, to provide co-located primary care services. In partnership with DMHA, Cummins will work towards sustainability of all CCBHC services by the end of the federal funding period. Cummins will contract with University of Cincinnati Evaluation Services Center for project evaluation.