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Project Healing Hive in partnership with The PHH Company and Eternal Renewal Counseling conducts independent research on the efficacy of holistic therapies and CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) when integrated into a cognitive behavioral health program.  Our research, meta analysis, and developed treatment models are meant to create systemic change in the standard model of treatment for mental health. With particular attention being paid to the development of our youth treatment model. Our goal is to provide evidence-based research and results supporting the effectiveness  of holistic therapies and CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) when integrated into cognitive behavioral therapy so that these services become part of the standard model of mental health care.

When talking about the current system for mental health care it remains one of the most vexing problems facing the healthcare system in the United States. And since the global Covid-19 pandemic the need for improving access to quality mental health care is at an all time high. People living with mental illness are more likely to encounter the criminal justice system, resulting in a large number of arrests and incarcerations. In 2015 the overall annual cost of incarcerating people with serious mental illness in state prisons in Pennsylvania exceeded $140 million. People experiencing serious psychological distress are also more likely to abuse or be dependent on alcohol or illicit drugs.

               

Our current mental health system has had little change in how things are being operated. And for individuals with Medicaid or no insurance at all forgo their mental health needs because the out-of-pocket cost is not available or even reasonable. In the Medicaid and uninsured population, a higher percentage of people reported Serious Psychological Distress (SPD) compared to people with private health insurance. Low reimbursement rates are a disincentive for individual physicians and practitioners to accept patients with Medicaid coverage and mental health problems. Pennsylvania has one of the lower reimbursement fee ratios which creates a barrier for these individuals to obtain access to mental health care.

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For several decades, a shift from hospital inpatient care towards community-based outpatient treatment has taken place, as is exemplified by the budget trends of State Mental Health Agencies. On average, approximately 72% of their budgets is now spent on community-based programs, compared to 33% in the early 1980’s. Compared with other states, the Pennsylvania state mental health agency spends a high amount per capita on community-based programs. 

               

The current model for accessing and providing quality and affordable mental health care to individuals has been shown to not only collectively cost Pennsylvanians more money from a state (and federal) tax level, increases the incarceration rate which also costs us more money, but worst of all people are not getting the care they deserve and end up with long-term mental health, medical and social justice re-entry issues creating a whole other dynamic of problems. These facts (which are the reality of the situation) show that people are suffering from the current mental health model not recovering. The key element to creating change is accountability; once this key element is accepted real change can begin.

 

Project Healing Hive is creating that change. Will you?