Treat to Outcome
To give patients the best chance at a full recovery, Project HEAL has adopted the “treat to outcome” approach as the gold standard of care. “Treat to outcome” means that clinicians with expertise determine when a patient is ready to step down to a lower level of care or to graduate from care. This sounds like it should be common sense, but in reality, the current mental health care paradigm puts insurance companies in charge of these decisions. As a result, insurance coverage is often prematurely cut off while patients are in the middle of treatment, and this sets them up for relapse. Project HEAL is working to change this.