Potentialities: OMH as Regional Centers of Excellence
A Regional Center of Excellence (RCE) could be an integrated health network, providing the most advanced diagnostics, treatment, and support services available for adults with serious mental illness or children with serious emotional disturbances and their families.
- Expanded options for receiving needed supports and services (operated by the State) in the community.
- Consistent and accountable care coordinators who would work with each recipient enrolled in the RCE.
- More opportunities to bring the latest science to life. Integrating medicine, psychiatry and alternative medicine to meet your needs.
- Creative options for strengthening family and friends involvement. What if the RCE offered classes on mental illness, treatment, supporting recovery and resiliency, etc? Or perhaps a concierge service to support involvement in treatment via visits, telephone, Skype or video conference?
An RCE could provide “best in nation” care for children and adults with the most complex mental illness. The RCE would be state–operated specialty care networks with academic affiliations to the best and the brightest which are highly efficient. This would include an inpatient diagnostic and treatment center and a large, geographically distributed array of community–based treatment, care coordination and support services. RCE would offer high return on investment and be a competitive provider to health plans.
What if the State operated networks including a regional hospital for specialized treatment AND a wide array of community based services? These community services would be focused on those with the most complex needs and geographically distributed across the region.