By providing programs and services that meet the needs of the community and identified by the community as high priority, we can decrease barriers to care, improve quality of life, and improve the health outcomes of residents/patients in the service area.
Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. ARHP currently teaches MHFA-Adult, MHFA-Teen, and MHFA-Youth. In the past two years, ARHP has trained 350 individuals including educators, police officers, first responders, 4H leaders, Pharmacy students, pharmacists, Boys and Girls Club leaders, church leaders, community activist, women’s shelter employees, substance abuse intake coordinators, college administration and staff, college students, parents, Arkansas Department of Higher Education and healthcare workers.
ARHP has Population Health Specialists who provide insurance enrollment (Medicare and AR Works)and prescription assistance. These Population Health Specialists recently completed their certification as Community Health Workers to help them better address the social determinants of health and how to assist individuals in various areas providing support to improve quality of life. Over the past three years, this program has assisted 1,336 individuals with Medicare and insurance enrollment services and assisted patients with obtaining 4,272 prescriptions with a cost savings of 3.8 million dollars.
In 2019, ARHP produced an education and awareness video highlighting Delta residents, providers, and communities facing the opioid crisis. The video was shown at over 60 events nationwide and is still being used by colleges and schools throughout the nation. In 2018, the HRSA Rural Health Opioid Program developed a Behavioral Health Task Force that now consists of 36 members. To date, ARHP has provided direct community education to approximately 1, 750 residents through presentations and indirect education to over 62,000 residents in the ARHP service area, 177 counseling sessions to MAT patients,4 Peer Recovery Specialists placed throughout the ARHP service area; and a Pilot Drug Court in SouthArkansas County links persons that have charges related to SUD.
ARHP has a toll-free number that provides assistance to healthcare services, assistance services, and programs to residents, patients, and providers throughout south Arkansas. A Population Health Specialist works with local healthcare organizations to provide navigation needed to ensure that callers have access to care and assistance.
This task force consists of 36 members addressing SUD and Behavioral health gaps in the service area along with identifying ways to address the needs/issues and potential solutions. The Task Force has convened 15 meetings since June 2018 and consists of the following workgroups: Detailed Analysis, Strategic, Sustainability, and Workforce. They ultimately developed a Strategic Plan placing the ARHP in a position to leverage additional Opioid funding for south Arkansas. The task force is currently focused on creating additional treatment and recovery services located in South Arkansas.