Pride Program

What is the Pride Program?

Available to our clients in York county, the Pride Program is a federally funded demonstration program that supports fully integrated behavioral and physical health services for adults with severe and persistent mental illness who also have or are at risk of having one or more chronic health conditions.  The focus of this grant is improving overall health for all the participants. 

The Pride Program is NOT a stand-alone program but is added onto the services currently available to our clients in York County.  It is part of a nation-wide research project to try to determine whether integrated care improves the health outcomes of the clients we serve.  There is also a strong focus on wellness activities designed to both improve client’s physical health but also decrease their isolation through participation in groups and activities. 

The program began in 2014 and will continue through 2018. 

Pride Program Details

Read more about this unique program.

The Goal

The goal of the Pride team is to work with case managers and other mental health and physical health providers to try to assure coordinated care for our clients in order to increase the overall wellness of individuals enrolled in the program.  An important component of the Pride program is access to wellness opportunities and groups such as smoking education and cessation, nutrition and eating well on a budget, art therapy, therapeutic journaling, tai chi, yoga and peer support services  We also coordinate with the YMCAs in York County so that Pride members can use the facilities.

Pride Offers

  • Primary care services made more easily available by bringing this service to the behavioral health facility;
  • Communication  among all care providers to try to increase collaboration between the client’s physical and behavioral health providers; and
  • Financial assistance and encouragement to engage in activities designed to improve both physical and mental health.

Requirements

  • Client must be 18 years of age or older, have a psychiatric diagnosis and receive some service from Maine Behavioral Healthcare.
  • Client must have or be at risk of at least one chronic health condition.
  • Client must be willing to participate in an initial interview and agree to provide basic health indicators at the time of enrollment and every 6 months thereafter.

Research and Reporting

All PBHCI programs are also conducting researching to determine if increasing access to primary care and wellness opportunities increases the lifespan and quality of living for individuals living with co-occurring mental and physical health disorders. 

The research portion of the grant requires biomarkers (health indicators) and qualitative analysis (baseline assessments and reassessments). Every three months we have to report how many individuals we have enrolled in PRIDE, individual health indicators, number of reassessments completed and group offerings and primary care referrals.
Every three months our evaluators determine if we are meeting the requirements of the grant for that quarter.


Contact

For more information about the Pride Program, contact:

Kathy Bubar
Project Director
(207) 490-8432
KBubar@mainebehavioralhealthcare.org

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