Behavioral Health Partners of MetroWest
A letter to Wayside staff from Eric L. Masi, Ed.D, President & CEO
December 19, 2016
Dear Wayside Staff Team Members,
In our Strategic Plan for 2015-2019, we identified a major goal of: “Adapting to the new changing health care environment.” Today, I am pleased to tell you that, in partnership with Diane Gould, president and CEO of Advocates, and Jim Cuddy, executive director of SMOC, we are announcing the formation of a new collaboration among our three agencies that puts us well on our way to accomplishing this goal.
Advocates, SMOC, and Wayside will soon launch the Behavioral Health Partners of MetroWest (BHPMW). Drawing on the long-standing mutual respect and clinical strengths of each agency (Wayside in particular for children, young adults and families; Advocates for adults and many unique high need populations; and SMOC for substance abuse services and their broad array of housing and social supports), we will together offer individuals, families, and the professional healthcare community in the MetroWest area a single point of entry to access our collective scope of behavioral health and social services. Click here to view/download a composite of the huge array of services the three agencies provide.
BHPMW will operate a common referral phone line, email address, and care coordination staff—shared by all three agencies—to respond to callers seeking behavioral health and social services. By working together in this way, we believe we can provide the quickest possible access to the most appropriate services for community members of all ages facing mental health, substance use and social service needs. By sharing common resources, we will be able to enhance coordination and follow-up, ensuring that people are successfully linked to the services they need and want.
In addition to better serving local communities, BHPMW will also enhance our ability to partner with health plans, accountable care organizations, and other new funders in the changing health care landscape. We expect that there will be opportunities for the new entity’s role in the service delivery system to expand over time. BHPMW will not offer its own direct services but rather will refer callers to programs and services operated individually by each of the three partner agencies. Each agency may choose to maintain its existing referral mechanisms in addition to the Behavioral Health Partners’ referral line. BHPMW will augment but not replace existing referral and intake channels.
We are proud to acknowledge the MetroWest Health Foundation for providing grant support to the three agencies as we planned this initiative.
I am excited about this opportunity to partner with our colleagues to provide improved access to our impressive range of behavioral health and social services. We are stronger together, and together we will help make our communities stronger. We are beginning to share this news in our community, so you can feel free to talk about this with others as well.