The Good Care Collaborative (GCC) met in Paramus, New Jersey, on Friday, March 4, for a site visit to CarePlus New Jersey. They are a leading provider of integrated primary and behavioral health and operates the state’s first Behavioral Health Home. In 2016, the GCC is focused on building educational awareness of the role of behavioral health on physical health and specifically highlighting the impact of integrated care. Good Care site visits are an opportunity to celebrate some of the the state’s best examples of high quality, patient-centered, integrated, and efficient care.
CarePlus New Jersey offers combined primary care and behavioral health, as well as job training, housing and wellness programs, to its 3,500 currently enrolled patients. As Valerie Mielke, Assistant Commissioner for the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, noted in her keynote address, integrated care is important because patients’ lives are at stake: patients with behavioral health and/or substance abuse disorders are more likely to die prematurely from untreated chronic conditions.