Monmouth Medical Center (MMC) will implement CCBHC services to underserved areas of Monmouth County, New Jersey. MMC is an affiliate of RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH), the largest provider of integrated health care in New Jersey. MMC was chosen as the site for this project because of the large unmet need that persists within Monmouth County, the 5th most populated county of NJ’s 21 counties. As a safety net hospital, MMC’s payor mix is heavily weighted toward charity care and self-pay (12%) but within behavioral health, the patient population is even lower-income with a Medicaid patient population of over 30%. The medically indigent population in our hometown of Long Branch and the surrounding communities use low-income clinics provided through MMC and the adjacent FQHC as their only source of health care.
Over the 24-month project period, this new CCBHC will allow MMC to focus on key populations as follows: 1) Adults with serious mental illness; 2) Adults with substance abuse disorders (SUD); 3) Children post-crisis and inpatient hospitalization with SED; 4) Patients with unmet SUD and mental health needs in primary care settings. The CCBHC will prioritize the US Veteran population and high risk populations identified in risk stratification assessments. The CCBHC will focus on treatment engagement, reducing crises, and providing the highest quality of care to those with multi-morbidities to achieve whole-person improvement outcomes.
Our primary goal for this 2-year project is: To create a robust patient navigation system with multiple treatment access points that provide comprehensive integrated healthcare services including medical services, crisis intervention, outpatient mental health services, and substance abuse services for adults and children with priority to Veterans and high risk populations.