Integrated Care Collaboration

Community Forum - Navigating Systems of Care - Free & Open to the Public

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010
5:30 to 7PM
Austin Travis County Integral Care
Large Training Room
1700 S. Lamar
Austin, TX

CommUnityCare and Austin Travis County Integral Care will host a special community forum that explores the various ways to access behavioral health services from both organizations. Additionally, Dr. David Vander Straten, chief medical officer of CommUnityCare, and Dr. Jim Van Norman, ATCIC medical director, will each speak about the collaborative E-Merge program. Stacy Wilson, director of governmental affairs for Central Health, will conclude the forum with a discussion on the local health care challenges we face in the upcoming 82nd legislative session.

The community forum is free and open to the public. Consumers, family members, providers and partner agencies are encouraged to attend. Please join us for this unique event to learn about and discuss critical issues that impact our community. Light food and refreshments will be served.

CommUnityCare participates in the Integrated Care Collaboration (ICC) new I-Care program will help more than 100,000 uninsured Central Texas residents. ICC is a coalition of health care providers in Travis, Hays and Williamson counties. The new I-Care program is designed to improve coordination and delivery of care for the uninsured population, which is estimated to be one out of four people locally.
The I-Care program has several parts including tools to determine eligibility, a diabetes disease management pilot program and, at its core, a shared health record for patients that will be available to many health care providers in the region via a secure Internet connection.

Patient who participate will receive at no cost an I-Care card to use when they access health care at any ICC member location. Funding for the program has been provided largely by the federal government, with matching foundation support and the program is attracting national attention from other organizations who hope to apply this model.