For 126 years, HopeSparks has provided a variety of programs and services to children and families experiencing adversity in South Puget Sound Region of Washington, which encompasses Tacoma and other parts of Pierce County.
But while listening to a conference discussion about mental health a few years ago, HopeSparks President & CEO Joe LeRoy and a colleague looked at each other and simultaneously arrived at the same conclusion.
“We talk about the mental health system as broken,” LeRoy explains during a Community Care Conversation podcast now available on the Elevate Health website and all major listening platforms. “And knowing that the mental health services for kids, too, are not set up the best… we intended to make transformational change to the health care delivery system.”
The result was a new partnership between HopeSparks and Pediatrics Northwest, a South Sound physical health care provider. Supported primarily by financial contributions from Elevate Health, the new initiative was named “Bridge of Hope,” and carefully designed to integrate mental, behavioral and physical care for children, particularly those in crisis or suffering from trauma.
This was about really moving from referral-based relationships to fully integrated relationships. – Joe LeRoy, HopeSparks President & CEO
Bridge of Hope has dramatically reduced the bottlenecks and roadblocks that many South Sound kids and their families encounter when trying to access mental and physical health care services. Currently, about 140 children are served each month through Bridge of Hope.
Read the community story to learn more about Bridge of Hope, Hope Sparks, Pediatrics Northwest and Elevate Health.
Elevate Health Podcast, sponsored by Elevate Health and its subsidiary OnePierce Community Resiliency Fund, can be accessed at ElevateHealth.org, or on Spotify, Google Music, Audible, Amazon Music, or other major listening platforms.