The BHECN/MHDI Statewide Pilot Project: Cost-Savings of Behavioral Health Trained Community Health Workers has recently completed data collection. The project began collecting data on June 1, 2016 aimed at evaluating the short-term cost effectiveness of behavioral health trained community health workers (CHWs) and use this evaluation to predict the potential long-term cost savings to Managed Care Organizations. REACH Lab and MHDI is carrying out this pilot project with funds from the University of Nebraska-Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska and St. Francis Hospital. Community health workers from Grand Island and Lexington, NE worked with low-income, uninsured families to implement the Bodyworks Obesity Training 8 week program and maintained a retention rate of 80%!
The next few months will be spent creating the final report for this project, so watch our website for that in November!