Mental Health

RCPA was pleased to have played a role in Pennsylvania’s Collaborative Care Summit. This joint effort was sponsored by the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Department of Health, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, Office of Medical Assistance Programs, Pennsylvania Psychiatric Leadership Council, Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society, Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association, PH/BH Learning Community, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. The information presented focused on the importance of strengthening the link between meeting individuals’ physical and behavioral health care needs, and the collaboration between medical and behavioral health professionals. The presentation materials from the summit are now available to practitioners, providers, health system and health insurance leaders, and policymakers across Pennsylvania.

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RCPA received the Collaborative Documentation Guidelines issued by the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) today. RCPA is pleased that OMHSAS has issued these guidelines, which support the recovery process for people receiving services by supporting the therapeutic process. The guidelines are here for your review.

Critical to implementing collaborative documentation in your organization is the creation of policies which utilize the guidelines for defining it. These policies should be developed for each service line which will utilize collaborative documentation and be ready for review at future licensing visits. For further information, please contact Sarah Eyster.