Behavioral Health Home (BHH) services - quarterly newsletter

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Behavioral Health Home (BHH) services

Quarterly newsletter

October 2018

In this issue:

Checking in on 2018

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Information on new providers, program updates and more.

BHH services is enjoying another great year! The summary below highlights just some of the noteworthy items from 2018.


With the addition of two newly certified BHH services providers, DHS has a total of 25 providers certified to offer BHH services. The newest is House of Opportunity in Minneapolis, whose mission includes providing culturally sensitive services to individuals who struggle with mental illness or chemical dependence.

People served

Since July 2016, more than 2,200 individuals have received BHH services. Of those 2,200 individuals served, 8 percent identify as Asian-Pacific Islander, 20 percent identify as Black/African American, 7 percent  identify as American Indian, 4 percent identify as Hispanic and 61 percent identify as White.


BHH services flyers have been updated and are available on the BHH services website within the “forms and other resources for certified BHH services providers” section.



In 2018, DHS introduced a webinar series on population health management for BHH services providers. To date, the series has covered:

  • Principles of population health management
  • How population health management supports delivery of BHH services
  • Population health management tools that support a data-driven approach to service delivery

During the second webinar, Casey Langworthy shared how Guild’s BHH services team incorporates population health management into their program.

Information about the final webinar can be found below in the Learning and Resources section below.

In-person learning

So far, there have been four in-person learning events related to BHH services providers.

  • The BHH Services Spring Learning Event in April for 61 BHH services team staff members, representing 18 separate organizations 
  • The regional “Integrating Primary Care and Behavioral Health” events in St. Cloud (May) and Mankato (June) for 19 BHH services team staff members, representing nine separate organizations 
  • The Behavioral Health Integration Summit in September for 38 BHH services team staff members, representing 16 separate organizations

Coming soon: The BHH services fall learning event will be held Nov. 2. See the Mark Your Calendars section below for more information on the fall learning event.

Legislative updates

DHS staff reconvened the BHH services advisory group and met with a legislative subgroup in spring  2018 to gather feedback on refining BHH services policy and developing proposed changes to the BHH services statute (Minn. Stat. §256B.0757).

DHS staff have been working with the BHH services leadership team to finalize proposed legislative changes. The next step will be a meeting with the BHH services legislative subgroup to review proposed legislative changes and offer additional feedback. The meeting will be held:

Friday, Nov. 1, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. 

Elmer L. Andersen Building, Room 2370

540 Cedar Street, St Paul, MN 55101

Evaluation updates

In September 2017, DHS entered into a contract with Wilder Research to evaluate the implementation of the BHH service delivery model in Minnesota. Goals include identifying:

  • How BHH services providers are increasing their capacity for an integrated team-based approach to care coordination
  • How individual health and well-being may be influenced by this service
  • What additional supports from DHS are needed to support the delivery of BHH services

DHS has received preliminary report summaries with information from key informant interviews with BHH services staff, the implementation checklist and referral tracking. The next step of the evaluation will be interviews completed through a subcontract with NAMI MN, with individuals currently receiving BHH services (or whom have received BHH services at some point).

Thank you to all BHH services providers for your participation in the evaluation efforts. The information and recommendations that will come from evaluation will be invaluable.

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BHH services provider spotlight


Highlights from the front lines

Aquí Para Tí (APT)/Here for You 

Aquí Para Tí (APT)/Here for You is a comprehensive bicultural, clinic-based, youth development program that provides medical care, behavioral health consultations, coaching, health education, and referrals to Latino youths (and their parents) and young adults. APT has a mission to provide trauma-informed care to Latinx adolescents 10-24 and their families through a holistic approach, embracing their physical, mental-emotional, social and educational well-being. APT offers a trained trauma-informed adolescent care team, care to engage the entire family and care management. APT also offers a structured approach to screening and takes a dual approach of intervention and prevention when working with youth and their families.

APT has been recognized for their innovative work with Latino youth and families, as well as their quality programming with adolescent sexual health, pregnancy prevention and parent support. APT also works closely with community partners to provide comprehensive programs and referrals to youth and families. APT was certified as a BHH services provider in August 2017 and provides the core services to support youth and families receiving services. APT has been able to utilize BHH services to allow for appropriate and faster diagnoses for people, increased access to external records, better understanding of people's holistic states and a stronger sense of partnership and support.

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Information about tobacco use and treatment

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Information related to the use of commercial tobacco products and how to help people address their use of them

Did you know?

According to the American Lung Association, tobacco use is the number one cause of death in people with mental illness. Not only that, but it affects people with mental illness at alarmingly disparate rates compared to the general population. This section will provide ongoing information related to tobacco and other nicotine products and how to help people address their use of them.

MN Quitline Network

Minnesota Quitline Network

Connecting people you serve to the help they need to quit commercial tobacco use

The Minnesota Quitline Network enables health professionals and community organizations to use a single form and fax number to refer the people they serve to tobacco quitline support. All Minnesota residents, whether covered by a health plan or not, have access to free support to quit.

The Network refers thousands of people to quitline support every year. This is made possible with the participation more than 1,100 members, which include organizations like dental clinics, mental health practices, primary care clinics and hospitals, community-based organizations and other allied health professionals.

New Minnesota Quitline Network Training

A new training is available for Minnesota Quitline Network members that provides an overview of the Network, how it works and how it can benefit people you serve.

View or listen to a training slide deck on the Minnesota Quitline Network webpage.


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MDH issues back-to-school warning on nicotine and e-cigarettes

The Minnesota Department of Health released a health advisory on nicotine and the escalating risk of addiction for youth. Youth e-cigarette use has risen dramatically in Minnesota in the last three years, with an almost 50 percent increase in high school student e-cigarette use since 2014. This is a major public health concern because youth use of nicotine increases their risk of addiction, and can make them more susceptible to addiction to tobacco products and other substances in the future. 

Nearly all e-cigarettes contain nicotine, and popular e-cigarettes, like JUUL, are sleek and concealable and often used in schools by students. It is important that school staff are familiar with these products and that they have the resources to educate students on the risks of e-cigarette use. To help address youth e-cigarette use in schools, the Minnesota Department of Health has released an updated toolkit outlining resources and opportunities for action by school administrators, educators, teachers and health services staff.

The Minnesota Department of Health recommends immediate action requiring the participation of parents, educators, health care providers and policymakers. To access various resources related to this health advisory, please visit the department's website.

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Learning and resources

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Information on upcoming learning opportunities and available resources that may be helpful for BHH services providers

Population health management webinar series

The webinar series aims to increase understanding of the principles of population health management and provide useful information that will help BHH services providers feel like they can start performing basic population health management  activities.

Please email Megan Lokken for copies or recordings of the first and second webinar.

The third webinar is tentatively scheduled for December 2018. Once the date is finalized, authorized representatives for each BHH services team will receive information about how BHH services staff can register.

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Partnering to better coordinate care and increase referrals

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Building collaborative relationships with other providers to address whole-person care and promote service sustainability

Recent Behavioral Health Integration Summit

Thank you to everyone who attended the Sept. 25 Behavioral Health Integration Summit cohosted by MDH and DHS for Health Care Homes, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics and behavioral health home services providers and their community partners. Joan King, from the National Council of Behavioral Health, spoke about behavioral health integration and the intersection with social determinants of health and significant racial disparities in this state. The event also featured a panel of providers who discussed their unique integration efforts. The day ended with three rounds of table topics related to various aspects of behavioral health integration and whole-person care.

Get Ready for Learning Days 2019: Redefining Health. Redesigning Care.

The annual Health Care Homes Learning Days conference brings together more than 300 health care providers, public health professionals and community partners to exchange information, advance health transformation and build relationships. The upcoming conference will take place at the Conference and Continuing Education Center on the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus:

  • April 9, 2019 – Afternoon Pre-Conference Workshops
  • April 10, 2019 – Full Day Conference

Learning Days Call for Proposals: DUE Nov. 9

We learn best from each other! Lead a breakout session and share your lessons learned to help others transform their practice. Proposals are requested on the following topics (for beginning through advanced learners):

  • Community partnerships
  • Health equity
  • Quality improvement
  • Team based care
  • Value-based care
  • Whole person care

For more information, visit the Health Care Homes website.

Upcoming WebEx: Meaningful McLeod County Partnerships

This WebEx is hosted by Community of Practice: Care Coordination for the Pediatric Population.

  • Learn about current community partnerships in McLeod County that are addressing the pediatric population.
  • Hear from McLeod County staff (Public Health & Social Services), Hutch Health staff, Hutch Health Social Services, Common Cup (nonprofit providing the sharing of spiritual and financial resources of McLeod area churches into one "Common Cup") and PrimeWest (Medical Assistance Managed Care Organization in McLeod County).
  • Share identifying needs & resources plus the development and implementation of effectively partnering to support those in their community.

The webinar will be held at noon, Nov. 7. To register for the event please visit the MDH website.  

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Mark your calendars

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BHH services fall learning event: Medical Assistance and Managed Care

The event will provide an overview of how managed care works in Minnesota for people receiving Medical Assistance (MA) and give BHH services providers the opportunity to hear from, and ask questions, of representatives from Minnesota’s managed care organizations (MCOs). 

When:  Friday, Nov. 2, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Where:  DHS Elmer A. Andersen Building, Room 2370, 540 Cedar Street, St Paul, MN 55101.

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