Arizona Behavioral Health Providers Form Clinically Integrated Network

Multiple behavioral health providers in southern Arizona have come together to form a clinically integrated network that uses the ONEcare model and technology suite from consulting firm Blaze Advisors to support patients with behavioral health issues through early disease detection and collaboration with providers.

Members of the Integral Health Network of Southern Arizona, LLC (IHNSA) have formed a collaborative care system focused on improving coordinated access to behavioral medicine, primary care, and social services to address crisis events and unnecessary utilization of high-cost services. Participating organizations include CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness, Community Bridges Inc. (CBI), Helping Ourselves Pursue Enrichment (HOPE) Inc., Horizon Health and Wellness and La Frontera Arizona Inc.

IHNSA has contracted with Banner University Health Care (BUHC) to improve health outcomes for BUHC members suffering from co-occurring medical and behavioral health conditions and is in negotiations to also support other patient cohorts.

“Together we are truly stronger,” said Dan Haley, CEO of HOPE Inc., a peer and family-run organization, in a statement. “Physicians and hospitals who turn to the IHNSA network can be assured of timely access, case counseling, social services and case management support during care transitions.”

IHNSA describes itself as a powerful network of behavioral and integrated health providers with a statewide presence throughout Arizona and beyond. IHNSA providers maintain a variety of culturally competent outpatient and crisis response programs, including individual and group therapy; medication management; support from friends; mobile and facility-based crisis intervention; Medication Supported Treatment (MAT); Primary care; housing services; homeless aid; affordable housing and wellness/recreation programs designed specifically for the health of Native Americans, veterans, women and children. IHNSA provides a vehicle for collaborative partner agreements with social services, hospitals, primary care and medical partners to develop an inclusive care system.

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With a particular focus on integrating behavioral health, primary care, hospitals and social service providers, Wilmington, NC-based Blaze Advisors has experience in the development of clinically integrated networks, population health analytics, care coordination technologies and clinical quality improvement programs. Each of its 11 “ONEcare” networks is complemented by a care optimization system that enables real-time communication, referrals and insights into the patient’s care team.

In June 2022, Blaze announced partnerships with Banner Health, Brookston Venture Capital and other investors. Banner University Health Plans (B-UHP) previously announced the launch of ONEcare networks across Arizona. Scott Nordlund, Banner Health’s Chief Strategy and Growth Officer, said at the time, “We are excited about this partnership with Blaze Advisors, which will enable Banner to provide easier and better access to holistic care and reduce costs for patients with.” behavioral health problems. Our investment decision supports Blaze as it expands its model to more communities domestically, including those we serve.”

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