Napa, CA—Queen of the Valley Medical Center announced today that it is the recipient of a $87,288.00 grant from the Board of Directors of the St. Joseph Health Foundation. The funds benefit the integration of behavioral health services into the current CARE Network medical and social service case management model for low-income chronically ill in Napa County.
The grant funds will be directed toward the provision of a program that provides at-home behavioral health assessment and therapeutic services for isolated, homebound chronically ill clients and implements a chronic illness support group for more mobile clients. These funds enable QVMC to contract with Family Service of Napa Valley to provide an on site therapist to see clients from CARE Network Chronic Disease Case Management programs. Currently, the CARE Network provides therapy/behavioral health services to over 35 CARE Network clients, many of whom show a decrease in their depression, anxiety or emotional distress and an increased ability to better manage their chronic conditions.
"We know that persons with chronic disease are more likely than the general population to suffer from depression or other behavioral health issues. We also know through community health surveys and assessments, access to behavioral health services is an identified problem, especially for those with limited finances or insurance. Our CARE Network nurses and social workers were very aware of this dilemma, experiencing it firsthand with their chronically ill clients. Together with Family Service of Napa Valley, we applied for this grant from our Health System Foundation, with the vision of providing best practice, holistic, comprehensive case management care for the most vulnerable chronically ill in our community," said Dana Codron, R.N., Director of CARE Network for Queen of the Valley Medical Center.
Hospice of Napa Valley, Inc. was also awarded $25,000 from the Board of Directors of the St. Joseph Health Foundation. Those funds will be directed towards the continuation of the Adult Day Services (ADS) program. Adult Day Services is a community-based approach to the treatment of adults whose ability to live independently is threatened or impaired.
For more information on the QVMC Community Outreach CARE Network, contact Dana Codron at 251-2013.