Behavioral Health Access Expands on Shoreline and in New Haven
Fair Haven Community Health responds to growing need for services.
Teenagers living with emotional and behavioral challenges have increased access to services through Fair Haven Community Health Care (FHCHC) in the Shoreline region and New Haven.
Together with the behavioral and mental health provider BHCare, FHCHC has opened an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for high school students at Shoreline Family Health Care in Branford. In 2022, the Shoreline clinic plans to expand IOP services for adolescents in Middle School.
FHCHC has also integrated behavioral health screening and therapy at all its clinics. When patients need behavioral health services, their primary care providers walk them over to behavioral health specialists. These "warm hand-offs" lead to initial consultations and an increased likelihood of scheduled follow up visits.
The service expansion comes at a time when growing numbers of adolescents and children are experiencing mental and behavioral health issues that are disrupting their lives at home and school. From 2019 to 2020, emergency department visits for suspected suicide attempts among adolescents jumped 31%, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In October 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital Association declared that the pandemic-related decline in child and adolescent mental health has become a national emergency.
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General practitioners in Greater New Haven are using the integrated model to care for young people in New Haven at FHCHC’s newest site, the New Haven Primary Care Consortium at 150 Sargent Drive New Haven. Fair Haven Community Health Care took over the responsibility of operating the Yale New Haven Health Pediatric Clinic, assuming the care of roughly 12,000 additional children. Across all of its sites, FHCHC is now responsible for the care of over 29,000 patients, roughly 18,000 of whom are 18 years old or younger.
Recent Support for FHCHC from The Community Foundation:
2018 - Three-year general operating support grant.
2020 - Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund grant to help manage the effect of COVID-19 on operations.
2020 - Responsive grant to develop a needs assessment to forecast patient demand and master site plan for its Grand Ave. facility.
2021 - Basic Needs Fund grant to support emergency financial assistance and the purchase of gift cards.
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