‘One-Stop Shopping’ Makes It More Likely Clients Will Get Complete Healthcare

NJTV News | April 8, 2016 | Health Care
Governor announces expansion of integrated approach to seven more agencies

You need to see a mental-health therapist. You need to fill a prescription. You need help finding housing. Now you can do this all in one place, thanks to the integrated care approach to healthcare.

At a Catholic Charities of Trenton roundtable yesterday, clients told Gov. Chris Christie how they had been able to turn around their addicted lives, getting behavioral and physical healthcare and more under one roof.

Christie used yesterday’s forum to announce the state is expanding the integrated care approach – already used at four different locations around the state — to seven more agencies.

“The problem that arises if you provide the services in a separate setting, there are people lost to follow up,” said Seton Hall University Law Professor John Jacobi, co-author of a report on integrated healthcare. “It is difficult for people with serious mental illness to maintain complicated schedules of doctors visits.”

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