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About Us

Mission, Vision, Values

Welcome to BANYAN HEALTH SYSTEMS. We are a related group of behavioral and primary health service providers that share a deep-seated commitment to excellence in consumer services and operations. Our MISSION is to advance the health and well-being of healthcare consumers in all walks of life with thoughtfully integrated services that combine the best of prevention, disease control, consumer education, research, and evidence-based clinical services across the historically separate disciplines of behavioral and physical healthcare.

OUR SERVICE PHILOSOPHY

We believe in treating the whole person. Our service philosophy and our service approach reflect a unique emphasis on addressing the high incidence of CO-OCCURRENCE of mental health and substance abuse disorders, and the PREVALENCE of undiagnosed, untreated, or inadequately treated physical health morbidities seen in those suffering from behavioral health disorders.

We also believe in the efficacy of the MEDICAL HOME model as the best method for providing effective health care and helping people to achieve balance in their lives. A growing base of research-supported, evidence-based practices tells us that this approach to health care accelerates the progress of consumers with behavioral health conditions, improving overall physical health and well-being while increasing their capacity to manage the activities and challenges of everyday life.

OUR VALUES

At Banyan Health Systems, we are deeply committed to quality care, to professionalism and integrity, and to the development of a supportive professional staff devoted to the principles of collaboration and caring human service. We believe in being accessible physically and emotionally to our consumers as we strive to inspire their confidence and hope in a spirit of respect, cultural knowledge, and responsiveness to their unique individual needs. Banyan values a person’s right to self-determination and freedom of choice.  Based upon valid, reliable, or standardized assessment tools we will identify the most appropriate level off care to treat the presenting problem and develop an integrated plan of care to address all identified needs.  In addition to the age and culturally appropriate services we offer, we will identify services available within the community and provide informational materials when available so that the best informed choices can be made.

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History

OUR FOUNDATION IN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Banyan Health Systems was founded by the Boards of Directors of Spectrum Programs and Miami Behavioral Health Center. It grows out of a close, long-standing partnership that was formed to combine the resources of these two historically effective behavioral health service providers. The objective of the partnership is to build a high-performing, accessible system of behavioral and primary health services for consumers who lack access to coherent, thoughtfully integrated healthcare.

Spectrum and Miami Behavioral are CARF accredited nonprofit behavioral health and substance abuse treatment organizations that have been providing behavioral health services in Miami-Dade and Broward counties for well over 30 years, including in many of South Florida’s medically underserved communities.

INTEGRATING PRIMARY HEALTH SERVICES

In January of 2009, the partners launched POR TU SALUD, an innovative primary care health center located in the heart of Miami’s Little Havana, a medically underserved community. Por Tu Salud specializes in providing primary care health services to consumers with behavioral health disorders who often experience undiagnosed, untreated, or undertreated physical health co-morbidities.

Our comprehensive health screenings are uncovering co-occurring disease conditions at a high level of incidence, resulting in earlier intervention on previously undiagnosed medical conditions, better coordination of behavioral and physical health treatments, and improved health and quality of life for our consumers.

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Why bring behavioral and physical health services together in an integrated system of care?

THE PROBLEM: DIVERGENCE IN OUR PUBLIC POLICIES

Our Nation’s public health, mental health, and substance abuse service systems originated in significantly different sets of public policies, and presently operate along separate philosophical, administrative, and funding pathways. Yet millions of Americans experience simultaneous occurrence of these often causally-linked health disorders.

This creates in Florida, as across the US, a costly structural divide between markedly different behavioral and physical health service settings that undercuts our ability to provide effectively integrated treatment strategies for co-occurring health problems.

Consequently, our present system is cumbersome to access, leaves critical gaps in funding for treatment, and limits cross-training of behavioral and physical health professionals. It permits limited opportunity to achieve the economies of means or service efficiencies that accompany the integrated health services approach to which Banyan Health Systems is dedicated.

THE EFFECTS OF THIS POLICY-SOURCED STRUCTURAL DIVIDE

Neither those suffering from co-occurring physical and behavioral health disorders nor those providing behavioral and physical health services can maneuver effectively among service settings in ways that advance financial efficiencies in public expenditures or that improve health outcomes.

This structural divide separating mental health, substance abuse, and physical health treatment is a crucial matter of public policy in part because of the magnitude of the problem. Millions of people across the U.S. have co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders, virtually all of whom suffer from undiagnosed, undertreated, or untreated physical health morbidities.

Recent national co-morbidity surveys examining co-occurrence of just behavioral health disorders found that nearly 65% of people with a primary mental health diagnosis also had a co-occurring substance use disorder; that nearly 80% with a primary substance use diagnosis also had a co-occurring mental health disorder; and that nearly 50% of youth in residential treatment have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

From an epidemiological standpoint — the view from the front-lines of treatment — the primary cause of relapse into mental illness is untreated substance abuse and, conversely, the primary cause of relapse into substance abuse is untreated mental illness.

Physical health co-morbidity flourishes in this context.

THE NEED

Finding ways to resolve the costly structural divide separating behavioral and physical health treatment domains is a high public policy priority, as much for its public health consequences as for its impact on the effectiveness of public spending.

Those who suffer from co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders experience substantially higher rates of behaviorally-related physical illness, unemployment, homelessness, and criminal justice involvement including high rates of incarceration and recidivism, and premature death,

Furthermore, substance use and mental health illnesses - especially when they co-occur - are frequently associated with STD’s, including HIV, as well as with pain, poor intestinal health, sexual abuse, severe dental problems, undiagnosed diabetes, high blood pressure, and other heart disorders.

This drives avoidable public expenditures for capital, operating, and direct service costs in our healthcare, human services, criminal justice, and corrections systems.

It also contributes substantially to the societal costs we bear through the tragic and avoidable waste of lives, inordinately high impact on business productivity, and family and community quality of life.

THE GOAL

Our goal at Banyan Health Systems is to achieve continuously improving models for health and well-being through the design of evidence-supported programs and services.

... that make the processes and procedures of behavioral and physical health treatment more effective, the timelines to improved health and well-being shorter, the gains more sustainable.

... substantially reducing the catastrophic personal, family, and societal consequences of historically disaggregated treatment approaches.

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