Integrated Primary and Mental Healthcare
At Thresholds, we believe that a key to the future of mental healthcare is integrating primary and mental health in a very holistic, person-centered way.
On average, persons with serious mental illnesses die 25-30 years earlier than the rest of the population. Early mortality is due to a host of secondary health issues that they face, some related to psychiatric medication, some related to poor access to care, and some to lifestyle factors like poverty and homeless. Most of these deaths are preventable. Like persons in the general population, persons with serious mental illnesses often suffer from chronic conditions like diabetes or hypertension that when properly addressed can be managed and are not life- threatening.
If not adequately addressed, persons with serious mental illnesses will continue to have the highest Medicaid costs of any group. Currently, they are 2.5 times as likely to be hospitalized and 1.7 times as likely to utilize emergency rooms. Thresholds offers services designed to integrate mental health, substance use, and primary care treatment to support persons with severe mental illnesses. This is done by providing a person-centered, holistic approach to recovery through our partnerships with like-minded Federally Qualified Health Centers. These partners have co-located their clinics into three Thresholds programs.
With 75 outreach teams working closely with our Federally Qualified Health Centers partners to coordinate all care, engage clients in services, provide education on illness and wellness strategies, and advocate for their health care needs. Thresholds and our partners strive to improve health outcomes and inspire clients’ wellness and holistic recovery. Coordinated care cuts Medicaid costs by reducing unnecessary and costly hospitalizations and incentivizing health outcomes, instead of volume of services provided.
Our Healthcare Partners:
Heartland Health Center at the Schwartz Center for Integrated Care – 4423 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Thresholds and Heartland Health Center (HHC) have partnered since October 2016 when HHC opened a health center at the Schwartz Center solely for Thresholds members. It is a truly integrated center where services are provided in a highly integrated manner – including primary care, psychiatry, dental, and substance use.
Howard Brown Health at Thresholds – Thresholds South at 734 West 47th St.
Thresholds and Howard Brown Health (HBH) entered a partnership in October 2016. Thresholds members received integrated primary and psychiatry care from HBH located at Thresholds South. HBH offers primary, psychiatry, dental, and substance use services.
Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness at Thresholds South Suburbs in Blue Island
Aunt Martha’s strives to help create a world in which loneliness, sickness, and despair are replaced with wholeness, healing, and hope. With such a like-minded mission, Thresholds South Suburbs is excited to partner with Aunt Martha’s. Thresholds members who live in the southernmost part of Chicago and the south suburbs can receive their primary and mental health needs in a single location.
Thresholds, and HHC at the Schwartz Center have partnered with Genoa, who offers an onsite pharmacy at the Schwartz Center that specializes in the complex medication needs of persons served by Thresholds.
Thresholds is also proud to partner with PCC Community Wellness Center. Thresholds members whom live on the west side and the near west suburbs of Chicago enjoy a preferred status relationship with PCC.