Over the course of the last two years, Summit County has seen an alarming increase in the number of children reporting thoughts of suicide. Proactive and preventative behavioral health services are needed more than ever to assist medically underserved children. As the only safety-net health care provider in Summit County, Summit Community Care Clinic (SCCC) works to offer exceptional patient- centered health services while simultaneously keeping patient cost low. The integrated care model developed by SCCC effectively screens for suicide and mental health risk factors, connecting children in need to professional, quality, and affordable help.
With El Pomar’s support in 2012, SCCC implemented universal screening for mental health, depression, and anxiety into primary care visits. Working tirelessly to improve school-based behavioral health services, SCCC offered 1,164 behavioral health visits in the 2012- 2013 school year - a 20% increase. At approximately $45 per appointment, the total cost was over $50,000. El Pomar’s $7,500 grant allowed SCCC to expand its behavioral health program to Breckenridge and Silverthorne Elementary, increase services at existing locations, and serve 200 additional children. Ultimately, their effort keeps children in school and allows for continued success in the classroom. SCCC continually strives to de-stigmatize students' fear of asking for help.
Summit Community Care Clinic was also recognized as a 2013 Awards for Excellence winner in Health and Recreation for their longstanding commitment to preventative healthcare. Thanks to SCCC, students are getting the support they need.
View the Summit Community Care Clinic awards for excellence video here: Awards for Excellence 2013 Summit Community Care Clinic