Improving access to mental health treatment is a significant focus of our work at Appriss Health. As Mental Health Month comes to an end, we pledge to remain on the forefront by developing tools that connect individuals to mental health treatment and resources. The opioid epidemic and COVID-19 pandemic have contributed to ongoing behavioral health issues for millions of Americans, but the problem is greater than that. It is about access to treatment and ensuring physicians and prescribers recognize when a person is at risk. This can be done through accurate and real-time data sharing and putting power into the hands of the patient.
A History of PDMP Support
Appriss Health offers innovative data analytics solutions that allow prescribers to monitor and track a patient’s usage of opioids and other prescription drugs to assess risk of substance use disorder, overdose, and death. With the ability to view a patient’s controlled substance history along with a visual risk assessment, prescribers are able to identify individuals who may be overprescribed and can make a more informed decision on the type of treatment to offer to keep the patient safe.
Increasing Access to Treatment
According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), the risks associated with substance use and mental health due to social isolation during COVID-19 will likely increase. OpenBeds, an Appriss owned company, is dedicated to helping patients access necessary mental health treatment. The OpenBeds platform is helping states streamline the behavioral health treatment referral process by creating a single, common network. Also, the platform enables physicians and prescribers to view real-time treatment availability and facilitate digital referrals, so patients can transition to treatment sooner.
Empowering Patients to Seek Help
Treatmentconnection.com, a public service of OpenBeds, is empowering individuals to search for treatment for themselves or loved ones. This free, confidential web service extends the reach of the state’s network. It enables those seeking mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment to anonymously search for nearby providers, evaluate the type of care needed, and submit confidential online referral inquiries to appropriate treatment providers vetted by the state.
One in five people will experience a mental health disorder in their lifetime. Appriss Health understands that providing access to mental health treatment is critical — now more than ever. That’s why we dedicate ourselves to delivering technology solutions that are making a difference in the lives of so many individuals every day.