WellSpan Health announced the opening of a new and innovative one-stop certified community behavioral health clinic (CCBHC) for consumers with mental health and addiction disorder. Called START (Specialized Treatment and Recovery Team), the clinic provides a coordinated care experience for consumers with urgent mental health and addiction needs. The program surrounds them with the right resources and services they need in the right place, at the right time, with the goal of reducing emergency department visits.
The START clinic employs 25 team members and provides whole-person treatment to all clients by offering screening, assessments and diagnosis of mental health and addiction, as well as primary health care screenings. It provides consumer-centered planning, psychiatric rehabilitation, crisis mental health services, peer support and intensive community-based care for veterans. The program utilizes evidenced based approaches to care such as cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, medication-assisted therapy for addiction, and illness recovery model.
The program began seeing consumers remotely in December 2020 due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and has already treated over 400 individuals since that time. The clinic office is located at 605 South George Street in York, Pennsylvania and opened for in-person services on May 3, 2021.
The START program is the first of its kind in southcentral Pennsylvania to provide a comprehensive range of services to vulnerable individuals including faster access to psychiatry and therapy services, addiction screenings, as well as increased screenings for food and housing insecurity and referrals to support services. A diverse team of primary care professionals and staff have been intentionally recruited to operate the clinic as an inclusive environment for treatment of complex consumers of equally diverse backgrounds. Additionally, the clinic works closely with community partners to ensure consumers have access to an appropriate plan of care, including:
- York County Probation
- York County Mental-Health/Intellectual-Development-Disabilities
- York County Drug and Alcohol Commission
- York County Veterans Affairs
- Black Ministers Association
- Rabbit Transit
- Rainbow Rose Center
- Latinos Unidos
- Crispus Attucks
- Bell Socialization Services
- MidPenn Legal Services
- TrueNorth Wellness
- Family First Health
- York County Human Services
WellSpan’s START program also partners with Community Action for Recovery and Diversion (CARD), an initiative focused on individuals with addiction issues and mental health needs who are involved in the York County justice system. The goal of this partnership is to help people receive treatment, not incarceration, when they are charged with minor crimes that are related to mental health or addiction illness.
In addition to the $4 million grant for START, WellSpan has received $4.1 million in federal grants and Pennsylvania Opioid Response grants since 2017. WellSpan also has received grants to support medication-assisted treatment for people with opioid medication addiction across Adams, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties. The grants support increased access to treatment and recovery support for those individuals.
This was announced by WellSpan Health on May 24, 2021.
Contact information: Ryan Coyle, Manager, Public Relations & Communications, WellSpan Health, 45 Monument Road, York, PA, 17403-5070; 908-319-2450; Email: RCoyle@WellSpan.org; Website: https://www.wellspan.org/