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Using an Innovative Quality Improvement Process to Increase Coordination and Delivery of Evidence-Based Cardiovascular Risk Factor Care in Community Mental Health Organizations (RHYTHM)

This ALACRITY Center core pilot study, funded through the National Institute of Mental Health Advanced Laboratories for Accelerating the Reach and Impact of Treatments for Youth and Adults with Mental Illness (ALACRITY) Research Centers (P50), will test a quality improvement strategy to support effective care coordination for physical health conditions in community mental health organizations.

The RHYTHM study adapts an existing quality improvement process called the Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program, or “CUSP” – developed by the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality – for use in community mental health settings. ALACRITY Center investigators will evaluate the adapted quality improvement process’s potential to improve coordination and delivery of evidence-based care for hypertension, dyslipidemia, and diabetes mellitus in community mental health programs serving people with serious mental illness.