The past year represents a period of transition and preparation for future transition. While many of our behavioral health programs adjusted to changes in funding sources, growth continued in various areas with overall agency growth exceeding 11 percent. Almost all of our services have been affected by the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as ObamaCare. Collaborative and Coordinated care have become central themes as behavioral health care, including mental health and substance use disorder services, are becoming more intertwined with the delivery of physical health care. This trend, as well as expansion of Medi-Cal eligibility for many more people, including ex-offenders, who were not previously eligible, has created new potential service opportunities and funding for services that were not supported in the past, as well as a broader array of services for all Medi-Cal recipients.
Transition in various areas and many stages include : 1) Transitioning our Electronic Health Records (EHR) to use the same EHR utilized by the various counties in which we provide services, allowing better communication and coordination of care; 2) Working to meet the standards of care to obtain Accreditation by The Joint Commission by our Children’s Mental Health Programs; 3) Incorporating more information technology and data analysis in the provision and enhancement of services; 4) Formalized ongoing Quality Improvement efforts; 5) Enhanced tracking of efficiencies in the use of resources; 6) Measuring outcomes in the lives of program participants and in communities; 7) Prevention and early intervention services for those who suffer from mental illness that causes impairments and dysfunctions considered to be mild or moderate. This would allow beneficial treatments that can intervene with individuals and families before the disorders become serious and much more difficult to recover from; 8) increased reliance on Evidence-Based Practices and benchmarking of our operations.
Throughout our efforts at transition, we strive to stay focused on our Mission at Turning Point:
To provide public benefit through helping people develop the skills, motivation and resources to become productive members of society; healthy in body, mind and spirit.
To achieve this Mission we rely on the wisdom and commitment of our Board of Directors, on the communities that support our efforts, on our collaborative partners and funders, on the trust and willingness of our program participants and their families to be open to transformation in their lives, and on the consistent efforts of our knowledgeable, caring and dedicated staff. Our valued staff have various motivations to perform the work that comprises our Turning Point mission. Our success as an organization relies greatly on the team work and working culture that allows each staff member and volunteer to develop inspiration adding to their intrinsic motivation while contributing far beyond their individual efforts. We give special thanks to Jeff Fly, our CEO Emeritus, for leading us to this point, in creating this rewarding service culture, and in preparing us for further success in our Mission, even as Jeff transitions to a new role in the agency.
Ray Banks MPA, Chief Executive Officer