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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Aurora Psychiatric Hospital

Implementation Approaches

Activities: 

  • Provide non-clinical meeting space to accommodate support groups serving individuals and their families seven days a week through the journey to maintain sobriety
  • Open Partial Hospital and Intensive Outpatient Program for addictions at Aurora St. Luke’s South Shore hospital in Cudahy by year-end 2017
  • Add 15 addiction beds to Dewey Center (APH campus)
  • Provide psychiatric and psychotherapy outpatient addictions-care through new ABHS clinic in South Milwaukee (established 2016)
  • Provide AODA therapist for Maternal Addiction Recovery Center at Aurora Sinai Medical Center, downtown Milwaukee
  • Provide psychiatric and psychotherapy outpatient addictions care through the clinic in South Milwaukee (established in 2016)

Activities: 

  • Provide non-clinical meeting space to accommodate support groups serving individuals and their families seven days a week through the journey to maintain sobriety
  • Open Partial Hospital and Intensive Outpatient Program for addictions at Aurora St. Luke’s South Shore hospital in Cudahy by year-end 2017
  • Add 15 addiction beds to Dewey Center (APH campus)
  • Provide psychiatric and psychotherapy outpatient addictions-care through new ABHS clinic in South Milwaukee (established 2016)
  • Provide AODA therapist for Maternal Addiction Recovery Center at Aurora Sinai Medical Center, downtown Milwaukee
  • Provide psychiatric and psychotherapy outpatient addictions care through the clinic in South Milwaukee (established in 2016)

Activities: 

Expand Services within Milwaukee County

  • Continue to embed Aurora behavioral health specialists in each of four Aurora hospital EDs in Milwaukee County
  • Continue to provide urgent care evaluations and referrals to appropriate levels of care
  • Open Partial Hospital and Intensive Outpatient Program for addictions at Aurora St. Luke’s South Shore hospital in Cudahy by year-end 2017
  • Add 15 addiction beds to Dewey Center (APH campus)
  • Add 4 beds at Alumni House transitional living (APH campus)
  • Provide psychiatric and psychotherapy outpatient addictions-care through new ABHS clinic in South Milwaukee (established 2016)
  • Provide AODA therapist for Maternal Addiction Recovery Center at Aurora Sinai Medical Center, downtown Milwaukee
  • Provide psychiatric and psychotherapy outpatient addictions care through the clinic in South Milwaukee (established in 2016)
  • Partner with Progressive Community Health Center to develop behavioral health clinic in City of Milwaukee (on Aurora Sinai Medical Center campus)
  • Provide technical support for licensure, workflow, coordination of care, etc
  • Continue to embed Aurora behavioral health specialists in each of four Aurora hospital EDs in Milwaukee County
  • Continue to provide urgent care evaluations and referrals to appropriate levels of care

Expand services across 11 other Aurora Health Care hospital service areas:

  • Provide Aurora behavioral health specialists at all Aurora Health Care hospitals either in person or via secure video link, to conduct intake assessments in the ED and direct patients to appropriate resources and levels of care
  • Expand ABHS Call Center coverage to include Intake Center telephone triage services for Aurora St. Luke’s South Shore (Milwaukee County) and Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center to increase telephonic triage and referrals to appropriate levels of care
  • Continue to provide inpatient tele-psychiatry consultations at all Aurora Health Care hospitals
  • Continue to provide medication management outpatient telepsychiatry services at ABHS-Marinette Clinic
  • Provide Partial-Hospital, Intensive Outpatient and clinic-based outpatient care at ABHS’s new Glendale and Muskego hospital-based clinic locations through programs established in 2016
  • Open hospital-based behavioral health clinic in Aurora’s Menomonee Falls clinic
  • Expand to 24/7 coverage for both patients and providers to provide clinical coverage after hours and providing information on behavioral health treatment
  • Expand outpatient capacity by partnering with outside organizations, through Clinically Integrated Network agreements, providing coordination of care and communication with primary care providers
  • Expand the behavioral health - primary care integration model to Aurora’s New Berlin Primary Care clinic

Activities: 

Expand Services within Milwaukee County

  • Continue to embed Aurora behavioral health specialists in each of four Aurora hospital EDs in Milwaukee County
  • Continue to provide urgent care evaluations and referrals to appropriate levels of care
  • Open Partial Hospital and Intensive Outpatient Program for addictions at Aurora St. Luke’s South Shore hospital in Cudahy by year-end 2017
  • Add 15 addiction beds to Dewey Center (APH campus)
  • Add 4 beds at Alumni House transitional living (APH campus)
  • Provide psychiatric and psychotherapy outpatient addictions-care through new ABHS clinic in South Milwaukee (established 2016)
  • Provide AODA therapist for Maternal Addiction Recovery Center at Aurora Sinai Medical Center, downtown Milwaukee
  • Provide psychiatric and psychotherapy outpatient addictions care through the clinic in South Milwaukee (established in 2016)
  • Partner with Progressive Community Health Center to develop behavioral health clinic in City of Milwaukee (on Aurora Sinai Medical Center campus)
  • Provide technical support for licensure, workflow, coordination of care, etc
  • Continue to embed Aurora behavioral health specialists in each of four Aurora hospital EDs in Milwaukee County
  • Continue to provide urgent care evaluations and referrals to appropriate levels of care

Expand services across 11 other Aurora Health Care hospital service areas:

  • Provide Aurora behavioral health specialists at all Aurora Health Care hospitals either in person or via secure video link, to conduct intake assessments in the ED and direct patients to appropriate resources and levels of care
  • Expand ABHS Call Center coverage to include Intake Center telephone triage services for Aurora St. Luke’s South Shore (Milwaukee County) and Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center to increase telephonic triage and referrals to appropriate levels of care
  • Continue to provide inpatient tele-psychiatry consultations at all Aurora Health Care hospitals
  • Continue to provide medication management outpatient telepsychiatry services at ABHS-Marinette Clinic
  • Provide Partial-Hospital, Intensive Outpatient and clinic-based outpatient care at ABHS’s new Glendale and Muskego hospital-based clinic locations through programs established in 2016
  • Open hospital-based behavioral health clinic in Aurora’s Menomonee Falls clinic
  • Expand to 24/7 coverage for both patients and providers to provide clinical coverage after hours and providing information on behavioral health treatment
  • Expand outpatient capacity by partnering with outside organizations, through Clinically Integrated Network agreements, providing coordination of care and communication with primary care providers
  • Expand the behavioral health - primary care integration model to Aurora’s New Berlin Primary Care clinic

Continuing education program #1: Evidence-based behavioral health series for health professionals

  • Host and provide continuing education through the Evidence-Based Health Series of lectures and intensive workshops to enhance knowledge in specialized areas of behavioral health and requested clinical topics
  • Provide immersion program for Aurora RNs to educate unit leaders on working with behavioral health patients
  • Provide Verbal Defense and Influence (VDI) training on how to manage aggressive behavior for emergency department, intensive care unit and labor and delivery providers within Aurora hospital facilities
  • Provide training to primary care providers and support staff on working with behavioral health patients in Aurora Health Care facilities

Continuing education program #2: Behavioral health issues in the schools

  • Provide continuing education series to school professionals on recognizing behavioral health issues and improving the outlook for students who would benefit from behavioral health services

Workforce Development

  • Hire additional behavioral health providers
  • Continue to administer four psychology residency positions on our hospital campus
  • Focus on retaining program graduates in the Aurora Health Care system

Activities: 

Continuing education program #1: Evidence-based behavioral health series for health professionals

  • Host and provide continuing education through the Evidence-Based Health Series of lectures and intensive workshops to enhance knowledge in specialized areas of behavioral health and requested clinical topics
  • Provide immersion program for Aurora RNs to educate unit leaders on working with behavioral health patients
  • Provide Verbal Defense and Influence (VDI) training on how to manage aggressive behavior for emergency department, intensive care unit and labor and delivery providers within Aurora hospital facilities
  • Provide training to primary care providers and support staff on working with behavioral health patients in Aurora Health Care facilities

Continuing education program #2: Behavioral health issues in the schools

  • Provide continuing education series to school professionals on recognizing behavioral health issues and improving the outlook for students who would benefit from behavioral health services

Activities: 

Workforce Development

  • Hire additional behavioral health providers
  • Continue to administer four psychology residency positions on our hospital campus
  • Focus on retaining program graduates in the Aurora Health Care system