Regional Primary Care Network: Expanding the Reach of Mental Health Services in New York

Louise Slaughter


U.S. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter joined Regional Primary Care Network (RPCN), Rochester Regional Health System and UnitedHealthcare leaders to announce a $1.5 million United Health Foundation grant, which will enable RPCN to extend mental health services at RPCN community health centers for Rochester, Utica and surrounding communities. "This announcement means that RPCN will be better prepared to serve the members of our community who need access to critical mental health care. I thank United Health Foundation for this investment in our community's future," said Rep. Slaughter. (Photo: Gerard Gaskin)

 

A $1.5 million partnership grant from United Health Foundation is helping New York's Regional Primary Care Network (RPCN) expand the reach of its behavioral mental health services and increase coordination of health services among health providers statewide.

Regional Primary Care Network (RPCN) is a nonprofit network of Community Health Centers with 23 service locations that provide primary medical and dental care across Upstate New York. School-based portable dental services are also provided throughout the Finger Lakes region and in Oneida County. Between 11 percent and 17 percent of the residents RPCN serves live below the Federal Poverty Guideline – and nearly 20 percent speak languages other than English. RPCN is dedicated to providing access to quality health care, regardless of financial, cultural or social barriers.

The Foundation grant will enable RPCN to collaborate with behavioral and primary care providers to better coordinate care to improve patients' overall health, and formalize training for center staff to support the delivery of culturally sensitive, in-language behavioral health services for its patients. RPCN also will develop systems to track screenings, referrals and patient visits to determine the program's impact on overall care and access to regional behavioral health services.

In addition, RPCN will use the funds to integrate behavioral health and primary care services at two of its community health centers – Rushville Community Health Center and Utica Community Health Center – as well as one of its contracted centers, Genesee Health Services.

(September 2015)