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As recently as 2016, nearly 45 million Americans over the age of 18 struggled with mental illness. In that same year, less than half of those adults sought treatment. These figures do not account for the many people across the country who are undiagnosed. Although strides have been made over the last few years, specifically with the 21st Century Cures Act, the barrier between needing mental health services and obtaining mental health services still exists. Aabcor, Inc. recognizes the importance of addressing mental health concerns and supporting our clients in multiple areas, including outreach, screening and assessment, intervention and care planning, and resource connection.

Intervention and Care Planning: After identifying self-reported mental health concerns, our team develops a care plan to ensure the appropriate level of support

  • Completing an intake that covers areas that include: history, presenting concerns, individual strengths, and other related areas

  • Supporting the client in identifying relevant goal areas

  • Forming a strong alliance to achieve each identified objective

  • Consistent follow-up as the client progresses towards their outcomes

Screening and Assessment: Screening measures and questionnaires offer a preventative approach to mental health care

  • Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9)

  • Medicare Learning Network’s Screening for Depression Booklet

  • AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test)

  • DAST-10 (Drug Abuse and Screen Test)

  • Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)

  • GAD-7 (Generalized Anxiety Disorder)

Resource Connection: In addition to providing the necessary support, Aabcor works with state-wide and community based resources to empower the client along their treatment journey

  • Consistent updating on resource database

  • Developing partnerships with local agencies

Aabcor’s Approach to Community Outreach

For Aabcor, addressing the barrier begins with assessing the needs of the community we serve. We cannot begin to serve a community and support them in addressing mental health concerns if we don’t start with learning about the individuals that make up the collective. We do not take a “one sizes fits all approach” and understand that each community is unique and requires a different engagement style.

Collecting Demographic Data

  • Population Characteristics

  • Race and Ethnicity

  • Age Cohorts

Review of Existing Resources

  • Community Hospitals

  • Social Service Agencies

  • Health Centers

  • Behavioral Hospitals

  • Community Health Networks

Developing Outreach Strategies

  • Connecting with local religious leaders

  • Outreach specific to teens and younger adults

  • Support and Psychoeducational Groups

Identifying Barriers to Accessing Resources

  • Financial Stress

  • Gentrification

  • Safety Concerns

Identifying the Importance of Mental Health Support

Incorporating Personal Value Additions

  • Increased Diversity in Behavioral Health Support

  • Experience with community engagement

  • Understanding of effective ways to develop partnership teams in the community

  • Experience in mental health assessments and counseling in hospital settings