Element Care Behavioral Health Specialist Speaks at 2nd Annual PACE State House Day

June 30, 2016

Gloria Burdett, MS, director of Behavioral Health at Element Care, in Lynn, MA, discussed “Integrating Behavioral Health into PACE” as part of the 2nd Annual PACE State House Day on June 28. The Massachusetts PACE Association (MassPACE) organized the event.

“Integrating behavioral health into a PACE interdisciplinary team is one of the most promising models for older adults who suffer from chronic mental health issues, substance use disorders, and other behavioral health and medical conditions and one that achieves superior clinical outcomes,” said Burdett, a board-certified psychiatric clinical nurse specialist.

Fifty to 80 percent of patients in primary care settings have mental health or substance use problems, she said. Studies are beginning to show that patients get better results when behavioral health professionals partner with medical providers to provide integrated care.

Burdett, whose career as an advanced practicing psychiatric nurse has spanned more than four decades, has extensive experience providing behavioral health services as part of a coordinated accountable care model at Element Care.

Alice Bonner, secretary of the Office of Elder Affairs, delivered the keynote address at the Annual PACE State House Day. Sens. James Eldridge and James Welch and Reps. Jennifer Benson and Jeffrey Sanchez also presented remarks.

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