The CCC is a university-community partnership whose mission is to provide capacity building services to direct care service agencies. Ultimately, we hope to help agencies improve their services for individuals at risk or suffering from HIV/AIDS with multiple diagnoses related to substance use, mental illness, and other infectious diseases. Using a Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT) framework, we help identify programs’ Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) needs and provide relevant trainings to enhance their quality of care in these areas.
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The CCC has been partnering with the Infectious Disease Bureau (IDB) of the Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA) at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) since 2006. In 2012, the IDB and the CCC, along with a number of collaborating agencies within the Baltimore area began working to expand efforts toward integrated screening, referral network development, and capacity building for mental health, substance use, sexual health, and infectious disease prevention and treatment; this was referred to as the “No Wrong Door” (NWD) project. The NWD project concluded in 2015, but the work of the IDB and CCC, along with the many collaborating partners continues to ensure that the “no wrong door” concept continues. Today, these efforts have helped to increase opportunities for individuals who are at risk or suffering from a mental illness, substance use disorder and/or HIV/AIDS to access and receive integrated treatment and care regardless of where they enter the public health system of care.
Currently, the IDB and CCC are focused on a project called the “Sexual Health Integration Initiative” (SHII). The same concepts from NWD are carried forward and are targeted specifically towards local health departments (LHD) in Maryland jurisdictions most impacted by HIV (Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Washington, and Wicomico Counties). SHII aims to operationalize a sexual health framework within behavioral health treatment settings, with HIV testing and linkages as the capstone intervention. Core elements of SHII include screening and referral, training and capacity development for behavioral health staff, the Sexual Health in Recovery (SHIR) intervention to help clients avoid relapsing due to patterns of sex/drug-linked behaviors, and HIV testing and linkages. This capacity building project helps behavioral health treatment staff to implement the sexual health curricula and to conduct screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) using the No Wrong Door Integrative Screener.