A few years ago, the leadership at CenterPointe Behavioral Health System noticed a trend taking place within its two inpatient mental health facilities in Missouri.
CenterPointe Hospital, a 150-bed facility in Weldon Spring, was receiving a sizable number of patients from Mid-Missouri, who were driving two to three hours for services that weren’t available in their communities. The same went for CenterPointe’s Signature Psychiatric Hospital, a 36-bed facility on the other side of the state, on the North Kansas City Hospital campus.
Doctors and administrators knew that access to mental health treatment in rural areas is scarce, but even patients from Jefferson City and Columbia just weren’t able to find the help they needed close to home. Read More