LEWISTON – Common Ties Mental Health recently honored the Maine Health Access Foundation at its annual meeting.

The foundation is the state’s largest private, nonprofit health care foundation. Its mission is to promote affordable and timely access to comprehensive, quality health care and improve the health of every Maine resident.

A two-year award from the Maine Health Access Foundation to Common Ties Mental Health supported a strategic solution to one of Maine’s emerging health care system needs.

In collaboration with St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and the B Street Health Center of Community Clinical Services, a case management model of integrating primary and behavioral health care was demonstrated.

The Integrate Care Medical Home Model demonstrated an increase of access to primary and behavioral health care at the center, staff advancing their knowledge and skills in working with patients who have a behavioral health diagnosis and patients appearing more satisfied with the services they received.

The project was recently featured in the Hall of Flags of the state capitol in conjunction with the Maine Health Access Foundation health care systems awareness day.

Craig Phillips, executive director of Common Ties, presented plaques to Dr. Wendy Wolf, executive director of the Maine Health Access Foundation.

Common Ties provides community support services to people who have a serious behavioral health illness. It works with families, hospitals, consumers and service providers to create and support an individual throughout the recovery process.

The agency serves residents throughout Androscoggin County. For more information, contact Common Ties at 795-6710 or write or visit the agency at 100 Pine St.

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