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HCQU nurses support new "health home" initiative
Nurses from Geisinger's Health Care Quality Unit (HCQU), a division of Geisinger Community Health Services, are taking part in a new "health home" model at two behavioral health sites in Pennsylvania.  Implemented by the Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, this initiative seeks to reduce high morbidity and mortality rates among people with serious mental illness.  The program provides tools for consumers and providers in support of tobacco cessation, weight management, and management of physical health conditions.

CMSU Wellness Nurse co-presents at local Recovery Conference
Wellness nurse Deniel Dreese, Behavioral Health Physical Health RN co presented at the 9th Annual (mental health) Recovery Works! Conference with Tracey Carney, CPS, Director of Recovery Central of Bloomsburg on May 22, 2013 at Country Cupboard. The conference ”Making Recovery Real” was an event sponsored by CMSU (Columbia, Montour, Snyder and Union) Behavioral Health Services, Project Self (Seeing Every Life Flourish) and co-sponsored by the Institute for Social Work, Research, Education and Consultation, School of Social Work and Administrative Studies of Maywood University. This all day workshop discussed making mental health recovery real in ways that are meaningful and useful. Deniel and Tracy’s workshop explored the power of working on recovery within a group setting. Together they actively supervise and facilitate wellness support groups related to diabetes and smoking cessation. Deniel, a Geisinger Community Health Services Nurse, is employed fulltime as a Wellness Nurse for CMSU to train,  support, motivate and encourage people with serious mental illness who are working toward improving their physical health. Effective June 24th, Deniel’s CMSU office will be located at 603 East Market Street, Suite 200 Danville, PA 17821.

Picture (Left to Right), Tracey Carney, CPS, Director of Recovery Central of Bloomsburg and Deniel Dreese, RN, Behavioral Health Physical Health Wellness Nurse


The Behavioral Health Home Plus model was created in collaboration with the Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania (BHARP), which includes County MH/MR Administrators, Human Service Directors, and Single County Authorities from 23 counties in north central Pennsylvania.  The model promotes the integration of behavioral and physical health services.

The first two project sites are the Columbia/Montour/Snyder/Union (CMSU) Mental Health/Mental Retardation/Drug and Alcohol Program, in Danville, and the Northumberland County Behavioral Health and Intellectual/Developmental Services, in Sunbury.  Plans are underway for Mathematica Policy Research and Community Care to evaluate the effects of this model.

Key components of the health home program include nurses with physical health expertise within the behavioral health system, training of case managers and peer specialists to serve as health navigators, web-based tools for consumers and providers to support wellness and care coordination, and implementation of strategies to engage primary care settings in improved coordination. 

For further information please contact:
Columbia, Montour, Snyder, and Union Counties
Deniel Dreese, RN
Phone: (570)275-4962 x1086
Fax: (570)275-5754

Northumberland County
Debra Carnucio, RN
Phone: (570)495-2155
Fax: (570)988-4991
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