Advising At Mercy Behavioral Health Service Coordination Unit

928 Words Nov 9th, 2015 4 Pages
Introduction I am interning at Mercy Behavioral Health Service Coordination Unit (MBH-SCU) at the Reedsdale location. The unit collectively serves 500-700 consumers, and is divided into six teams. Each team includes a supervisor and ten to fifteen service coordinators, and aid a specific population, such as adults, adolescents and children. The unit missions are to coordinate services, offer support, and empower consumers to live healthy, fulfilling lives in the Pittsburgh area. From my interactions and conversations with supervisors and service coordinators, the nuisance that health care professionals and organizations encounter when allocating scarce resources has become a rising interest of mines. Resource allocation issues can be particularly challenging for rural communities, where resources are not enough to meet all needs and fewer alternatives exist to resolve conflicts between competing needs. In this study, the effectiveness of allocating scarce resources in a behavioral health sector, Mercy Behavioral Health Service Coordination Unit, is presented. Efficient management and allocation of scarce resources can improve outcomes for consumers of mass traumatic events, or strengthen service coordinators professionalism. When resources are limited and clients’ demand exceeds available resource, allocation becomes a problem. How that problem is solved depends largely on the nature of the resources themselves. For MBH-SCU,…

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