SMH is now working with other local agencies and therapists to address access to care. Schoolcraft County agencies have begun to respond to the current mental health and substance abuse crisis in our community. Unfortunately, local resources and services are limited, exist in separate silos, and are difficult to navigate. The Patient Navigator will be a liaison both internally and externally, coordinating access to community resources, informing local medical and mental health providers of available community resources, and informing community agencies about available medical, mental health, and substance use care.
Evidence-based therapy is an important component of recovery. Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Rural Health Clinic has a Behavioral Health Consultant on the team providing brief crisis interventions, addiction support and a variety of therapies. She can provide services across the lifespan including children, adolescents and seniors. Through clinic integration, she will be available for consultations with medical providers, the psychiatric nurse practitioner, patient navigator, staff and community agencies.
We are committed to improving the holistic health of our community through community agency collaboration. Our community wants to work together to improve the health and wellness of our residents. We are part of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) trauma initiative, and the Schoolcraft County Mental Health Court and Substance Abuse Court. We also coordinate services with local therapists, the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Great Lakes Recovery Centers, Manistique Area Schools, Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District (DS-ISD) Great Start Collaborative, Luce-Mackinac-Alger-Schoolcraft (LMAS) District Health Department, and Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Office, among others. These organizations are supportive of our new trauma-informed mental health and substance use disorder initiatives, as well as our overall medical organization.
An important component of the program includes partnering with Western Michigan University Children’s Trauma Assessment Center (CTAC) in Kalamazoo, MI to bring more trauma-informed training, consultation, and practices to SMH. CTAC has a national reputation as a trauma informed leader in trauma screening, trauma assessment, trauma-informed case/treatment planning, trauma-informed systems change across agencies, as well as integrating primary care into the entire trauma-informed community experience.
SMH plans to bring in recognized speakers to educate and inform our community on awareness, prevention and evidence based treatment practices.
A newly designed Community Connect Website will offer agencies an opportunity to collaborate online to help those we serve access the services they require in a coordinated effort. The site will host a back end forum for agencies to ask questions, network and share information about services and upcoming events that could benefit the people that each agency serves. The new site also offers a user-friendly keyword search feature that allows the public to find resources that link to their specific search based on keywords such as transportation, counseling, housing etc. With so many agencies and resources, navigation is difficult. We hope that this site bridges a gap and connects agencies across the Upper Peninsula and parts of Lower Michigan. The new site will launch in April 2019.
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