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Lakeland Mental Health Center earns recognition

The Minnesota Health Action Group (formerly the Buyers Health Care Action Group) recently announced that Lakeland Mental Health Center (LMHC) is among 445 Minnesota and board state clinics that were recognized for delivering optimal care and achieving or improving specific patient outcomes.

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The care and patient outcomes were a part of the 2013 Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program and the Minnesota Quality Incentive Payment System, a State of Minnesota program also administered by the Action Group.

LMHC, which has a facility in Alexandria, was recognized for achieving the program’s specific clinical outcomes for clients with depression. Meeting the achievement goals is the highest level of recognition in the program.

To be eligible for the reward, clients must have a certain percentage of patients at the optimal levels of care or significantly increased the number over the previous year.

Depression measurements include remission, response and use of the PHQ-9. Both the remission and response measures are based on the client’s improvement in their PHQ-9 score over a six month period of time.