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Meeting the Mental Health Challenge

Congratulations to Touchstone Mental Health Senior Director of Waivered Services, Michelle Wincell O’Leary, LICSW and University of Minnesota School of Nursing Faculty Barbara Peterson, PhD, who were selected to share their presentation, “Meeting the Mental Health Challenge,” at the Minnesota Department of Human Services Long Term Services and Supports Quality Conference in June 2016 and for a national audience at the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living 67th Annual Convention & Expo in October 2016.

Meeting the Mental Health Challenge describes how Touchstone’s Rising Cedar Apartments, meets the growing demand for comprehensive, person-centered care for people recovering from mental illness. The Touchstone approach has led to high levels of client and staff satisfaction as well as an overall drop in institutional costs that has saved millions in State funds.

Through a Health Services Resource Administration (HRSA) funded grant, Touchstone is partnering with the University of Minnesota to promote inter-professional education and collaborative, team-based care for students in the Academic Health Center (nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy).  Interns have the opportunity to learn at Rising Cedar, where holistic, integrative services are provided by a multidisciplinary team. The inter-professional educational framework enhances learning for students and Rising Cedar staff which improves communication, develops conflict management skills and increases team responsibility. Touchstone and the University are working together to develop future health care professionals.

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