NC Mobile Medication Program
In 2014, the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust awarded the NC Hospital Foundation, an affiliate of NCHA, a three-year grant to implement the NC Mobile Medication Program in two of the state’s high-need counties. Pilot programs operating in Nash County by UNC Nash Health Care and in Vance County by Daymark Recovery Services utilize trained peer support specialists, supervised by registered nurses, to meet one-on-one with individuals in their homes to build the skills they need to keep medical appointments and follow medication instructions. After its first year in operation, the program had achieved a 94% reduction in emergency department visits by participants and reduced psychiatric hospitalizations by 83%.
The North Carolina Mobile Medication Program is modeled after a project in rural Pennsylvania, which was the winner of the first Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust's Innovations in Rural Health Award in 2013. In its first year, the Pennsylvania program helped reduce hospitalization costs in the area by more than $1.3 million.
In June 2016, the North Carolina Mobile Medication Management Program received the highest honor in the Pioneer Institute’s 25th Annual Better Government Competition. The program was chosen from 100 entries from across the country for its unique approach to reducing the number of psychiatric hospitalizations and repeated emergency department visits by individuals with severe behavioral health disorders.
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Rural programs help spread mental health care from door to door, Raleigh News & Observer, 8/16/2015