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Expanding Our Reach: Scaling Telehealth Solutions to Extend the Continuum of Care in Pediatric Behavioral Health

June 15, 2023 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 pm

This session will outline strategic and operational challenges and opportunities in scaling a virtual behavioral health care solution.

Bradley Hospital in Providence, RI offers a unique continuum of care in children’s behavioral health, spanning inpatient, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs, outpatient and residential care and educational services. Since 2020 we have offered our partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) programs for adolescents virtually. These programs provide a step-up from outpatient care, and a step-down from inpatient. As part of a continuum of care, this programming has the potential to reduce ED visits and inpatient stays. Care is provided by our multidisciplinary team 5 days a week for a period of 3-4 weeks. Initial data show that outcomes are comparable to outcomes in inpatient care, and that virtual expands access and participation for families who might not be able to receive treatment in-person at the hospital. In addition to expanding care in Rhode Island, Bradley now works in partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital, Connecticut Children’s and other hospitals regionally, and a community mental health center in Florida to expand care regionally and nationally.

Here we will highlight strategic and operational issues around scaling in partnership, policy challenges, licensure and credentialing, and highlight opportunities for telehealth to expand access to quality care in future.

Presenters: Ellen Hallsworth and Henry T. Sachs III, MD

Ellen Hallsworth is Director of the REACH Program at Bradley Hospital.  Before joining Bradley in 2022, Hallsworth led a major telehealth project at the Peterson Center of Health Care in New York and managed major grants to a range of organizations.  Before joining the Peterson Center, she consulted on a major research project comparing models of care for high-need, high-cost patients internationally, funded by the Commonwealth Fund. She was Assistant Director for Business Development at the Health Foundation, one of the UK’s largest health-focused philanthropies. She has also worked as Head of Partnerships, Strategy and Development at the Institute for Government, a leading UK think tank, where she established partnerships with government, major research funders, philanthropy and the private sector. In the UK she also served on the board of one of the UK’s national clinical audits.
Henry Sachs, MD, president of Bradley Hospital, has been an attending psychiatrist at Bradley Hospital, treating children with autism and development disabilities for more than 23 years. Dr. Sachs is also an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
In his previous role as chief medical officer at Bradley Hospital, Dr. Sachs oversaw the expansion of many clinical services including the creation of multiple partial programs and the Bradley Clinical Research Unit. In his role as the Lifespan medical director for child psychiatry and behavioral health, Dr. Sachs has worked toward creating a coordinated system-wide child behavioral health service line.

 

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Date:
June 15, 2023
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8:30 am - 9:30 pm
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