The American Psychiatric Association (APA) released in March 2015 new training recommendations calling for residency programs to educate the next generation of psychiatrists in integrated behavioral health care. These training recommendations inform all spans of a practicing or prospective psychiatrist...
Access Community Health Centers is a federally qualified health center that provides integrated behavioral health and primary care services. With three integrated care clinics in Madison, Wisconsin, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has identified Access Community Health Centers as a...
Behavioral health disorders are a major public health problem in the United States. An estimated 26.4 percent of the U.S. population suffers from diagnosable mental disorders that are directly related to poor health outcomes, increased costs, and premature deaths. An estimated $113 billion was spent in mental health treatment in 2005, of which about $22 billion was spent in substance use treatment alone. It is expected that behavioral health disorders will surpass all physical diseases as...
There is growing consensus that there is an increasing need for enhanced teamwork if primary care practices are to be efficient and effective. This study, Electronic health records and support for primary care teamwork, examines how electronic health records (EHRs) facilitate teamwork, as well as what challenges they pose, and what practices do to overcome those. This qualitative study was done in a...
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Research Prioritization Task Force (RPTF) published a Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives in February 2014. The Plan seeks to reduce rates of suicide attempts and deaths in the next 5-10 years. The Research Agenda focuses on six different questions, which will be...
New Research Opportunity Take a look at the following funding opportunity: Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program HRSA announced a grant opportunity, Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership, “to support the development of formal, mature rural health networks that focus on care coordination activities for the following chronic diseases: diabetes, congestive heart...
Promising findings from two large-scale tests of advanced primary care: the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative and the Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice (MAPCP) Demonstration were just announced by Dr. Patrick Conway, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer.  Some of the grantees in both...
There has been little research in the literature in the last few years on treating substance use disorders (SUD) in an integrated behavioral health and primary care setting. A good deal more research is available on treating mental health disorders in the integrated care setting. Most of the more current publications have been summarized on the Academy Portal, and may be found by using the general search function. With regard to policy and financing related literature, we would refer you to...
Take a look at the following funding opportunities:Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO): Small GrantsRWJF has issued a request for proposals from organizations and government entities for projects relating to health care policy, financing, and organization issues. Examples of supported projects include “...
Take a look at the following funding opportunities: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) Grant SAMHSA has issued a request for applications from community-based projects that provide integrated medical and behavioral services to adults with serious mental illness (SMI), who may have co-occurring substance use disorders or be at risk for...

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