Roundtrip and Aurora Behavioral Health System partnered to provide a scalable way to expand access for those undergoing treatment through a cost-effective and easy-to-use transportation solution. To date, Aurora has booked over 4000 rides, saved $55,000 in transportation costs and maximized the use of hundreds of hours of staff time.
Behavioral health is the scientific study of the emotions, behaviors, and biology relating to a person’s mental well-being, their ability to function in everyday life, and their concept of self. In the United States, nearly 1 in 5 adults live with a mental or behavioral health challenge. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, that accounted for 46.6 million Americans in 2017 and nearly 60% of adults living with mental illness did not receive mental health services in the previous year. This is partly due to the inability to access care.
Founded in 2000, Aurora Behavioral Health System (Aurora) is Arizona’s largest free-standing psychiatric hospital system. Aurora is dedicated to the wellness of individuals, their families, and the community through prevention, intervention, and treatment. Aurora’s inpatient and outpatient services are offered for all ages and include specialized programs that service various patient populations.
With nearly 20% of adults living with a mental health challenge, removing transportation as a barrier to care access is becoming an increasingly urgent matter. Aurora’s existing transportation program relied heavily on taxi services. Not only was this legacy program expensive, but it also didn’t allow for the monitoring of ride data, waste mitigation, or protection from potential misuse. The health system was seeking a transportation solution to provide real-time ride updates that would keep Aurora’s staff informed of the patients’ safety outside of the hospital while monitoring spending and the overall effectiveness of their transportation program.
Roundtrip offered Aurora a scalable way to expand access for those undergoing treatment through a cost-effective and easy-to-use software solution. Roundtrip’s platform streamlines the ride-booking process for Aurora staff members. Additionally, Roundtrip provides unprecedented data transparency with real-time ride updates and timestamps.
By offering an innovative rideshare solution, Roundtrip has both minimized wait times for rides and limited the need for advance notice reservations with on-demand options. Due to the ease of use, Aurora staff members now have more time to focus on their patients and address needs outside of transportation. Moreover, for the first time, Aurora staff members stay informed of their patients’ safety outside of the hospital throughout the transportation sequence.
“At Aurora Behavioral Health, we believe in removing barriers to treatment so we can provide life-saving services to those in need. Transportation is one barrier we have successfully removed as a result of our partnership with Roundtrip. Together, we are serving more individuals with mental health and addiction needs in our community. Thank you Roundtrip for helping us save lives.”
-Bruce Waldo, CEO Aurora Behavioral Health System
Care coordinators adopted the platform quickly. In just the first 90 days, Aurora nearly doubled the projected usage of 200 rides per month. Since launching in October 2018, Aurora has booked over 4000 rides. This upward trend is projected to continue as the partnership between Aurora and Roundtrip expands.
To date, Roundtrip has saved Aurora $55,000 in transportation costs and hundreds of hours of staff time. Aurora Behavioral Health and Roundtrip share many values which have led to an outstanding partnership. Both are committed to removing barriers to care and providing excellent, high-quality patient care.
“We believe that everyone deserves access to their best possible sense of well-being. Like any physical ailment, it is important to address mental health challenges in a timely manner. Roundtrip is proud to be working Aurora Behavioral, an innovative and forward-thinking organization, to ensure that those in immediate need of behavioral health treatment are not limited by transportation and are able to receive high-quality care.” said Mark Switaj, CEO of Roundtrip.
Aurora and Roundtrip believe that mental health treatment is equally as important to overall wellness as physical fitness and nutrition. Both companies are proud to be at the forefront of this changing paradigm and will continue to push for the best care and assistance possible for Arizona.”