BIENESTAR

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ABOUT BIENESTAR:

Studies have shown that individuals with severe mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than the general population, largely from preventable and treatable conditions. Bienestar is a primary care program geared specifically toward individuals suffering from co-morbid severe mental illness in an effort to combat this trend. We feature primary care services co-located in Behavioral Health buildings, in addition to health education and wellness programming on site for our consumers. Our team consists of our Primary Care Provider, a Medical Assistant, Integration Coordinator, and two Wellness Navigators. We aim to serve as our clients’ primary health home, where our team works closely with case managers and psychiatrists to provide comprehensive services.

MAKING REFERRALS:

To refer a client to Bienestar, use the Waitlist and Referral form in Avatar. To find the form, type “Waitlist and Referral” in the “Search Forms” text box, and follow the subsequent prompts. Directions for using the Waitlist and Referral form can be found in Chapter 20 of the MyAvatar User Guide.

TRANSITION OF MEDICATION ONLY PATIENTS TO BIENESTAR

The Adult System of Care (ASOC) – Bienestar Transition Program provides a pathway for those ASOC clients who have stabilized to the point where they no longer require psychiatric services but could benefit from regular primary care and medication management to transition into the Bienestar Integrated Clinics. Primary care and medication management will be provided by Bienestar, with consultation as needed between the Bienestar primary care provider (PCP) and Monterey County Behavioral Health (MCBH) psychiatrists.

Click here for a downloadable PDF procedure guide on how to refer clients to the ASOC-Bienestar Transition Program.


WELLNESS NAVIGATOR HANDBOOK


HEALTHCARE NAVIGATION

WHOLE HEALTH ACTION MANAGEMENT (WHAM)

DIABETES MANAGEMENT

PULMONARY CONDITIONS

NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS

CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITIONS

SMOKING