ReDiscover, a pilot program intended to “stop the revolving door at hospital emergency rooms among persons with mental health and substance abuse problems,” has saved Missouri $13.7 million in medical costs in its first year and a half, on an investment of approximately $800,000. The program is characterized by small caseloads, and case workers who have the power to spend extra time and provide financial assistance without clearing bureaucratic hurdles. The Missouri Department of Mental Health has allocated $7.5 million to implement the program around the state.
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