Stella’s Place Selects NexJ Health for Young Adult Mental Health Support
Toronto (April 3, 2017) — NexJ Health Inc. (“NexJ Health”), a provider of patient engagement solutions for chronic disease management, today announced that they have been selected for an innovative program through the Health Technology Fund to enhance onsite delivery support practices for Young Adults struggling with mental health issues.
This two-year project involves two mental health organizations serving young adults, Reconnect Community Health Services with Stella’s Place and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton – Youth Wellness Centre. The providers will use NexJ Connected Wellness for virtual care and online support for up to 1000 Young Adults over a 22-month evaluation period to augment their current onsite delivery practices. NexJ Connected Wellness is expected to increase efficiency and enhance the capacity of these organizations to support Young Adults in Toronto and Hamilton to achieve enhanced self-management and health outcomes while delivering a shift to community-based care.
To support the Project and enable future broader Ontario adoption, an extended Health Innovation Team including CAMH, UHN, The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research, CHEO, and St. Michael’s Hospital are contributing time and advice.
The needs of Young Adults aged 16 to 29 with mental illness are not currently being met by traditional mental health services. Treatment is fragmented across the continuum of care and is not responsive to the developmental needs of the Young Adult age group. Use of expensive acute hospital-based care is increasing, and a shift to a community care model is needed. As young adults transition to adulthood, there is limited opportunity to engage in effective, integrated, community-based wellness management. They are seeking opportunities to access information and services online, and to manage their health.
NexJ Connected Wellness supports patient and caregiver support, enables integrated coordinated care and helps improve behavioural health. “This made-in-Ontario technology extends mental health coaching to clients outside the clinic to help them incorporate the principles taught in structured psychotherapy”, says Gary Baksi, Executive Vice President & General Manager of NexJ Health. This mobile and community model democratizes services and ensures that they are accessible anywhere, any time.
About NexJ Health Inc.
NexJ Health Inc. is a provider of patient-facing population health management solutions that deliver patient engagement for chronic disease management. At NexJ Health, we believe that the most efficient and cost-effective way to offset the rise in chronic disease is to empower patients, with the support of their families, friends, and healthcare professionals, to actively participate in managing their own chronic condition(s). By engaging patients through NexJ Connected Wellness, patients are more likely to achieve their health goals, payers can lower costs, providers can improve care to patients, and pharmaceutical manufacturers and pharmacies can improve medication adherence. For more information about NexJ Health visit www.nexjhealth.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 416-227-3700.
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