United Charitable

INSPIR3 Mental Wellness Center

Mental health care

INSPIR3’s proposed pilot project is an educational teaching hospital that will train mental health and drug treatment professionals for licensure and specialization, starting in Nevada.

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United Charitable

Tysons, Virginia, United States

http://www.unitedcharitable.org

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Project Summary

Nevada is one of many states in desperate need of a mental health infrastructure. Nevada is ranked last out of 51 states in mental health, indicating low access to care and high prevalence of mental illness. Also, almost 80% of Nevada’s population resides in a Mental Health Professional Shortage Area.INSPIR3’s pilot project goals are: 1) Create an educational teaching hospital to train future mental health professionals for licensure, thereby increasing quality of treatment as well as remedying the mental health professional shortage. 2) Provide affordable and accessible mental health services to everyone in the community. 3) Implement a self-sustaining, nonprofit business model that can be replicated across the United States.This will establish a mental health infrastructure, starting in Nevada and later expanding to other states, that will 1) address skyrocketing costs, 2) make services available to a wider audience, and 3) elevate the standard of mental health treatment.

Problem Statement

Nevada is in desperate need of a mental health infrastructure. We are ranked last out of 51 states, indicating low access to care and high prevalence of mental illness and substance abuse. Almost 80% of the population resides in a mental health professional shortage area, leaving vulnerable populations marginalized. For example, in 2017, Clark County only had one school psychologist per 3,500 students, even though the recommended ratio is 1:500-700 students. These types of critical shortages extend to many different professions in mental health, with limited numbers of internship spots available to work towards licensure. Further, Nevada's suicide rate is 45% higher than the national average, with one out of every four suicides committed by a veteran. It is the second leading cause of death for teens. The consequences of decreased accessibility include “frequent visits to emergency rooms, hospitalizations, homelessness, entanglement with juvenile and criminal justice systems, the loss of critical developmental years, premature deaths, and suicides”.Mental health disorders have the greatest influence on premature death and suffering than any other disease. In the United States, mental illness costs approximately $2.5 trillion dollars; almost 2/3 of the expense is spent on indirect costs including lost productivity, disability payments, and mortality. Economic costs associated with mental illness are higher than the costs of cancer or diabetes and are expected to rise exponentially in the next 15 years. However, preventative and early intervention mental health services, such as those proposed by INSPIR3 could save anywhere between $7-11 for every dollar invested.

Solution Overview

INSPIR3 would help to address the mental health professional shortage by offering one of the first large-scale training facilities in Nevada. Our proposed model offers 120 intern positions per year to post-graduate and state interns in the fields of social work, therapy, counseling, psychology, and psychiatry. After its first year of operation, INSPIR3 expects to serve approximately 25,000 people per year. Online therapy will help to treat rural populations (including Native American and mobility challenged populations). Consequently, INSPIR3’s interns will have exposure to best practices in treating the full spectrum of mental illness and drug treatment. Our quality trained professionals will be able to pass on their educational insights at existing centers, thus spreading a new paradigm in mental health equity and the culture of health. Further, the use of student and state interns allows INSPIR3 to offer reduced-cost services to the community, increasing availability and access to care while maintaining a sustainable organization. INSPIR3 plans to measure progress at an organizational, client, and state level. Community health will be monitored through client self-reported improvement surveys and the utilization of beds at INSPIR3. Our internship program success will be assessed by the number of interns becoming licensed. Finally, we will measure state progress through a national mental health organization state ranking. Nevada’s community will benefit from INSPIR3’s innovative mental health infrastructure that develops a mental health professional workforce while providing quality treatment that lowers overall costs and decreases the economic burden on individuals, families, and the state.

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