New Pierce County-Based Behavior Health Partnership is the First of its Kind in Washington 

A new Pierce County partnership between Pediatrics Northwest and HopeSparks Family Services will integrate mental and physical health services for children and families using Medicaid and Medicare. 

Elevate Health, an organization that aligns healthcare partners in the region in order to lower costs and improve local healthcare services, was the catalyst for this partnership, the first of its kind in Washington.  

Healthcare services are often siloed by department, which can create challenging barriers for families looking for resources and treatment, and that is why Elevate Health created the Bridge of Hope partnership. 

HopeSparks, a leading pediatric behavioral health provider, will hire and train behavioral health therapists, who will work within Pediatrics Northwest’s Primary Care Pediatric Clinic, making the hand-off between primary care physicians and therapists easier for families.

Elevate Health projects this partnership will positively affect more than 15,000 children using Medicaid. The partnership is intended for children and families on Medicaid and Medicare, but it’s likely patients with other forms of insurance will be able to access the same integrated care.

The integration process will continue through 2021, with the goal of moving the process along as efficiently as possible, so children and families can benefit from the partnership as quickly as possible. 

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