BCBSRI is teaming up with providers and others to build a higher quality, more affordable, and more equitable healthcare system. A focus on quality over quantity of healthcare. Attempts to address the rising cost of prescription drugs. Encouraging diversity that reflects our community. These initiatives can make a real difference for all Rhode Islanders.
In 2022, BCBSRI funded a new program at Crossroads that provides mental health navigation services to clients in Crossroads’ Domestic Violence Program, Women’s Shelter, Family Shelter, and Rapid Rehousing programs. Having this targeted support will help clients improve their mental health and achieve housing stability.
COVID-19 has highlighted the need for more support for the behavioral and social needs of clients at the Rhode Island Free Clinic. With support from BCBSRI, the Free Clinic welcomed their first full-time behavioral health clinician in 2022.
In 2022, BCBSRI provided $1.5 million in funding to enhance the capabilities of 211, United Way of Rhode Island’s free 24/7 resource for people in need of housing, food, and other assistance.
Now, when someone calls 211 for help or lets a healthcare provider know they are in need, their information is entered into a confidential technology platform that connects a network of health and social care providers. An electronic referral is tracked in the system, allowing 211 staff and healthcare providers to ensure that individuals are connected with the best program to address their needs.
To help Clínica Esperanza/Hope Clinic expand access to programs, we supported their recently established Neighborhood Health Station, which offers free walk-in health screenings as well as walking clubs, Zumba, and Vida Pura, a program that outreaches to individuals struggling with substance use.