WHAT IS C4 – RURAL?
C4-Rural is a new collaborative healthcare network formed in Bureau, Marshall and Putnam counties in the state of Illinois with the purpose of bringing together primary care providers, mental health providers, and complementary care providers in order to develop integrative care strategies that bridge gaps in rural mental health in new and innovative ways. C4-Rural will achieve efficiencies as well as expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of behavioral healthcare services. Collaborative mental health care is an evidence-based, research-driven paradigm that acknowledges the legitimacy of both conventional and select complementary treatments and recommends specific treatment combinations supported by research findings. Incorporating conventional and complementary therapies into existing care will directly expand the type of currently available treatments, improve outcomes, increase patient satisfaction and buy-in, and reduce costs. The development of the C4-Rural Network is generously funded by the federal Health Resources and Service Administration, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.
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C4-RURAL IN THE NEWS!
Photo Caption: Pictured are Network Partners at the C4-Rural inaugural meeting held at the Arukah Institute in Princeton. L-to-R: Dr. Sarah B. Scruggs (Project Director of C4-Rural), Stephanie Gustafson (Project Manager), Diana Rawlings, MPH (Project Coordinator), Linda Burt, MSN (St. Margaret’s Health), Sara N. Scruggs, LCSW (Arukah), Ashley Holcman, LCPC (Gateway Services), Dawn Conerton (Northcentral Behavioral Health Systems), Michael Miroux, LPC (Gateway Services), Kerri Donahue, RN (St. Margaret’s Health), and Angella Hughes, LCPC (Perry Memorial Hospital).
The Arukah Institute of Healing, Inc. was recently chosen as one of 25 rural healthcare organizations across the nation, and the only organization in the State of Illinois, to receive a Rural Health Network Development Planning grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The purpose of the grant is to promote the planning and development of integrated healthcare networks; to expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and to strengthen the rural health care system as a whole.
Joining Arukah are Perry Memorial Hospital, St. Margaret’s Health, Northcentral Behavioral Health System, and Open Doors Counseling/Gateway Services. An Advisory Committee consisting of Dr. Helen Lavretsky and Dr. Peipei Ping both from the UCLA School of Medicine, and Patricia Schou from the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network will aid in the strategic process. Together the partners will be working on strategies to increase access to mental health services by integrating evidence-based complementary healthcare services with existing mental health services, to expand treatment options, improve outcomes, increase patient satisfaction and buy-in, and reduce costs.
Dr. Sarah B. Scruggs, Executive Director of Arukah, and Project Director for C4-Rural, remarks, “This is a tremendous opportunity for innovating behavioral healthcare in our area. The purpose of this effort is to bring all providers to the same table to discuss how we can integrate our services, develop patient-centered care plans, and best see patients all the way through to wellness. Accessing mental health services in rural areas such as ours is often difficult. We want to streamline the process of getting help for patients; they should be able to receive services when they need them, without glaring barriers standing in their way. I am incredibly grateful for our Network Partners—current and future—who bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table; I look forward to breaking new ground with them over the next 12 months and beyond.”
July 31 WELCOME AND OVERVIEW
The inaugural meeting took place at the Arukah Institute, 5 N Dallas Street, Princeton, where C4-Rural Network Partners were led through a mind-body therapy demo, followed by a formal meeting and discussion of the HRSA award, programmatic goals, and the tremendous promise of integrating conventional with complementary health to address rural behavioral health issues.
August 28 -- BARRIERS TO MENTAL HEALTH AND COMMUNITY BUY-IN OF INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES
The second network partner meeting took place at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. The discussion focused around the barriers to mental health from the perspective of both clinicians (primary care physicians, behavioral health therapists) and patients. Discussion was led by Angella Hughes, LCPC, Director of the Senior Behavioral Wellness Program at Perry Memorial Hospital.
SEPTEMBER 25 -- INTEGRATIVE TREATMENT OPTIONS, PROMISE & FEASIBILITY
The 3rd Network Partner Meeting took place at St. Margaret’s Health in Spring Valley. The discussion first focused around the key aspects of Rural Health Networks, contrasting collaborative partnerships with formal Rural Health Networks. The second part of the meeting focused on Integrative Behavioral Healthcare, and Network Partners discussed how they together wanted to define their integrative network. Dr. Scruggs presented the evidence base on effectiveness and successes of existing behavioral health integrative models and frameworks. Kerri Donahue, RN and Lisa Clinton, RN from St. Margaret’s Health facilitated the final part of the discussion, discussing social determinants and the different types of services and providers that may be key to achieving the goals of our network.
Sarah B. Scruggs, PhD
Jennifer Alter, CPA
Robert W. Morrow MD
DIANA RAWLINGS, MPH
StephaniE N. Gustafson
SENIOR ADVISORY TEAM
IL CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITAL NETWORK, SENIOR ADVISOR
PEIPEI PING, PHD
UCLA DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE & BIOINFORMATICS, SENIOR ADVISOR
HELEN LAVRETSKY, MD
UCLA DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY & NEUROSCIENCE, SENIOR ADVISOR
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This effort is a part of the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program, generously funded and supported by the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA), Federal office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), Community-Based Division (CBD), Award No. P10RH33037