File Name: IMPROVE DELIVERY OF COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Agenda Date: 3/5/2013
Agenda Item Number: 1E4
JUDGE STEVEN LEIFMAN AND THE PRESIDENT OF OTSUKA AMERICA PHARMACEUTICALS RE: AN ONGOING PROJECT RELATING TO THE USE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE DELIVERY OF COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Sally A. Heyman, Prime Sponsor
Board of County Commissioners
Judge Steven Leifman, 1351 NW 12th Street, Miami, Florida, 33125, appeared before the County Commission. He acknowledged the presence of Mr. Mark Altmeyer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals (Otsuka); and Mr. John Bardi, Vice President, Governmental Affairs, Otsuka. Judge Leifman expressed appreciation to Mayor Gimenez and the County Commission members for their support on mental health projects. He noted Miami-Dade County had the largest percentage of people with mental illnesses of any urban area in the United States, 9.1 percent of the general population, which represented 177,000 adults and 55,000 children. Judge Leifman said this was approximately three times the national average. He reported that the State only provided treatment to approximately one percent of Miami-Dade County residents, thus resulting in the Dade County jail becoming the largest psychiatric facility in Florida, with approximately 20,000 people annually at the time of their arrest needing acute mental health care treatment. The County spends approximately $160,000 daily or $60 million annually to house this population, Judge Leifman said. He noted this was costly and ineffective, and most of the individuals were released into the community without receiving the necessary support and treatment.
Judge Leifman said that Miami-Dade County was chosen as a pilot site by Otsuka, a healthcare company, to change this dynamic and they were investing huge resources in a predictive, analytic system that had never been used anywhere in the United States or anywhere else in the world. He noted he believed that with enough information Otsuka would be able to determine an individual who was mentally ill before he/she became so ill that he/she was arrested or hospitalized. Judge Leifman reported that they would be returning to the Commission in two months and were working with the County Attorney’s office to develop a Data Collaborative. He also noted they would be working with the consumers and other community groups to build the data portion that was important for this project in order to proceed. Judge Leifman said Otsuka was hopeful the project would be operational by this year.
Mr. John Bardi expressed appreciation to the Commission for welcoming to the County this project, which he noted would yield results in the future. He said the project was launched on February 25, 2013, and Otsuka had begun building the necessary software that would connect the 56 mental health service providers to coordinate and manage the services of mentally ill individuals. Mr. Bardi noted the goals were to reduce crisis.
Mr. Mark Altmeyer also expressed appreciation to the Commission for its support as Otsuka attempted to make a significant effort in improving the lives of patients who suffer from mental illness.
Chairwoman Sosa expressed appreciation to Judge Leifman, Mr. Altmeyer and Mr. Bardi on behalf of the County Commission.
Judge Leifman noted if this project was successful it would fundamentally change how behavioral health was addressed in this country.
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