Spectrum Health Systems, Inc., a longtime not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive continuum of addiction treatment throughout Massachusetts, is one of five organizations celebrating one year since the launch of The Behavioral Health Partners of MetroWest (BHPMW). Started with the goal of breaking down the silos that exist in the current health care system, BHPMW provides an integrated system of treatment services centered on addiction, mental health and social health, expanding the capacity to address the overall behavioral health needs of clients served in the MetroWest and Central Massachusetts regions of the state.
Participating partners include Advocates, a nonprofit centered on addiction services and mental health treatment; the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC), an organization providing social services to those living in poverty; Wayside, a youth and family support network; and the Family Continuity Program, a nonprofit providing mental health and social services. The Partnership program currently serves 670 clients.
“The goal of this partnership is to help each individual use the healthcare system in a way that is best for them and to get the best outcomes for their overall health,” says Sherry Ellis, COO of Spectrum Health Systems. “Together, the five organizations offer extensive services at every level that can be used to strengthen each client’s individualized care.”
Launched last year, the program serves the state’s highest risk individuals through the provision of strong outreach and care coordination, addressing physical health, behavioral health and the social determinants of health. The community partners program is the first step in healthcare reform in Massachusetts and provides an opportunity for system readiness to reach the overall goal of integrated healthcare in the Commonwealth.
“The versatility of the program is amazing,” said Casey Carrozza, a participating client. “The skills my coordinator has taught me have helped me in every aspect of my life. It’s been a very positive experience for me.”
To learn more about the partnership, visit the BHPMW website. For more information on Spectrum Health Systems, visit www.SpectrumHealthSystems.org or call at 1-877-MyRehab.
About Spectrum Health Systems
Based in Worcester, Mass. and founded in 1969, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, non-profit substance abuse and mental health treatment provider. Spectrum offers the largest and most complete continuum of addiction treatment in New England — including inpatient detoxification, residential rehabilitation, outpatient services, medication-assisted treatment and peer recovery support. Spectrum also offers inpatient detoxification and residential treatment for commercially insured and private pay clients through its subsidiary, The New England Recovery Center.