Behavioral Health Home
Of all the changes brought about by the
Affordable Care Act, one of the most important
to Arundel Lodge has been the creation of “Behavioral Health Homes.”
In October of 2013, Arundel Lodge became one of Maryland’s first Behavioral Health Homes.
A Behavioral Health Home is a program that integrates the services needed to address all of a person’s medical, as well as mental health needs. Arundel Lodge has taken the extra step of partnering with Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC), who provides primary medical care at our location and consults with the Arundel Lodge Health Home team.
At Arundel Lodge we recognize several key factors that effect the health of persons living with behavioral health disorders.
- Individuals with serious behavioral health disorders are much less likely to seek primary care services for persistent medical conditions.
- Chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia plague individuals with psychiatric disabilities and are often ignored, leading to poor overall health and a shorter life span than the average person.
- Often, lifestyle choices of persons living with behavioral health disorders tend to be unhealthy, including smoking, poor diet choices and a lack of activities that promote physical fitness and well-being.
- Many of the medications taken by individuals with behavioral health disorders can cause unpleasant side effects.
Our job is to better manage chronic medical conditions through a preventative care and the total wellness approach. Early detection can reduce hospital ER visits and inpatient admissions because individuals are getting the care they need before it becomes critical.
As a Behavioral Health Home, Arundel Lodge has been entrusted with managing and directing the provider process –identifying gaps in care, assessing areas of improvement and partnering with individuals to create customized healthcare plans.
Another important advantage of the Behavioral Health Home is that individuals have a single care manager, providing the opportunity to develop a trusting relationship and making the person served more comfortable about expressing symptoms and concerns.
Who we serve in the Behavioral Health Home
- Any person receiving services in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP) is eligible for Behavioral Health Home services.
- Persons who have a substance use disorder also qualify.
Behavioral Health Home services
- Primary care services
- Group therapy services
- Comprehensive care management
- Goal setting for Individual Rehabilitation Plans (IRP)
- Periodic reviews
- Care coordination
- Health promotion
- Comprehensive transitional care
- Individual and family support services
- Referrals to community and social support services
- Discharge plans when required.
Program services are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
How to Access Services
First, enroll in Arundel Lodge’s Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP). To enroll in the PRP and become eligible for Behavioral Health Home services, contact Rachel Keller, Supportive Living Program Manager (443) 433-5888.
Individuals already enrolled in the PRP simply need to sign and submit a Behavioral Health Home consent form, which can be obtained at Arundel Lodge.
A nurse care manager then performs an initial medical and psychiatric assessment and social screening. Together with the patient, a plan of care is formulated and the individual is assigned a care manager who tracks all appointments, advocating for preventative care.
For more information, please contact
Lisa Baer, RN
Behavioral Health Home Director