Federal grant to help integrate primary care, mental health 

Centerstone, which provides mental health services across southern Indiana, has received a $1.6 million grant to integrate primary care and mental health in Bloomington and surrounding Monroe County.

The grant, one of three Centerstone received from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, will help Centerstone advance its efforts to reduce high use of hospital ERs and poor adherence to medications that occur among mental health patients.

“Mental and physical health are critically interconnected,” said David C. Guth Jr., CEO of Tennessee-based Centerstone.

Centerstone citied research that has shown half of high health care users have both mental and physical health conditions.

The Monroe County program will use a team of professionals—primary care physicians, care coordinators, counselors, wellness coaches and pharmacy technicians—to work with individual patients.•

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