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Asthma and Behavioral Health - An Argument for Integrated Care

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

By Amy Faus, MPH, CPH, CHES®

The Bergen’s Promise Behavioral Health Home (BHH) believes mental and physical health are interrelated. A recent article published in Pediatrics reinforces the importance of integrated care finding that children with anxiety, depression, or both have significantly higher asthma-related emergency department use than children without those diagnoses. In their discussion, the authors suggest that these children may benefit from integrated care management of both their physical and behavioral health conditions such as that offered through Bergen’s Promise Behavioral Health Home. BHH links families with a highly qualified Nurse or Wellness Educator to address youth’s health and wellness needs and assist with coordination of services between medical and behavioral providers. Through the process of Wraparound and multidisciplinary intervention, BHH helps youth and families achieve improved health outcomes and improved quality of life. BHH is available to youth with NJ Medicaid/NJ Family Care, a behavioral health challenge and a specific chronic medical condition.

If your child is presently receiving care management services from Bergen’s Promise and you would like to see if your child is eligible for BHH, take a moment to complete this eligibility form.

 

Bardach NS, Neel C, Kleinman LC, et al. Depression, Anxiety, and Emergency Department Use for Asthma. Pediatrics. 2019;144(4):e20190856