Cuyahoga County Initiative
Behavioral Health RoundTable of Cuyahoga County
The Center for Health Affairs initiated the Behavioral Health RoundTable of Cuyahoga County in 2007 as a response to hospital leaders' concerns regarding timely and appropriate placement for psychiatric patients initially admitted to hospital emergency departments and in an effort to address the unique challenges in working with and treating behavioral health patients. In 2008, public behavioral health partners were invited to become RoundTable members.
Click to view a list of our Behavioral Health RoundTable of Cuyahoga County Participants.
An initial project for the RoundTable was coordinating the development of a standardized emergency department medical clearance form with agreement from hospital, community mental health, and state hospital behavioral health professionals. In addition to this work, metrics were developed across hospital providers to monitor patient length of stay in various departments, including emergency rooms and inpatient care units. The issue of lapsed Medicaid was also monitored in order to develop systems to keep track of patients and prevent a lapse in coverage.
Current Behavioral Health RoundTable of Cuyahoga County initiatives include:
- Locating and implementing a tool that can track admissions and readmissions, in real-time, across hospital systems to decrease unnecessary admissions and provide an adequate level of care.
- Addressing behavioral health items identified in the Community Needs Assessment by sharing resources relative to the opiate epidemic specific to Cuyahoga County.
- Ensuring an adequate supply of all levels of behavioral health workers in treatment settings.
For more information about The Behavioral Health RoundTable of Cuyahoga County, the Northeast Region Public-Private Behavioral Health Collaborative, or general information about The Center's behavioral health initiative, please contact Pam Waite at 216.255.3650 or via email.