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Coordination Across Systems

Coordination Across Systems
Individuals with both physical and behavioral health needs are served by fragmented systems of care with little to no coordination across providers, and little to no coordination across systems. This fragmentation leads to poor quality, disparate financing and higher cost of care, as well as poor health, reduced productivity, and higher costs for businesses and publicly funded systems such as justice, education and human services. Collaboration and care coordination between treatment providers serving the youth and families optimizes family members’ ability to address their individual needs and facilitate services and family decision-making. Coordination and collaboration prevents conflicting objectives and provides optimal support for family members. Coordination across systems also helps keep individual plans of care in line with the overall family goal and objectives.

Why Coordinate?
Throughout the nation, health care systems and private and public health care payers are working to improve care coordination for people with multiple health needs. States are adopting new policies and leveraging existing policies to improve care coordination. In South Carolina, our approach to improving care coordination is called the Palmetto Coordinated System of Care (PCSC). The PCSC is defined as, “A broad, flexible array of effective services and supports for a defined population of children and youth with serious mental health challenges organized into a coordinated network with integrated care planning and management that is culturally and linguistically competent that builds meaningful partnerships with families and youth at service delivery, management, and policy level that has supportive management and policy infrastructure, and is data driven.” This collaborative effort across systems can build a better, more modern behavioral health system that improves:  clinical and functional outcomes for children and youth, per capita cost of care, access to home and community based services, resiliency for children and youth, and resiliency for parents and caregivers.

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