Having access to behavioral health care is essential to positive health outcomes for children. Primary care providers have the responsibility of identifying and treating behavioral health issues in children, but they often lack the proper training and resources. The Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project addressed this problem by providing child psychiatry consultations and specialized care coordination by telephone to over 95% of pediatric primary care physicians (PCPs) in Massachusetts...
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...
The (AHRQ) Health IT Portfolio has a public Web (http://healthit.ahrq.gov/) that offers more than 10,000 documents, presentations, articles, and tools to health information technology (IT) researchers, implementers, and policymakers. The National Resource Center of Health IT (NRC) Web site offers over 20 tools and resources to support health IT research and evaluation. The Health IT Literacy Guide has been available through the NRC since 2007. More...
A new Rutgers study, Role of Behavioral Health Conditions in Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost, focuses on the role of behavioral health (BH) conditions in potentially avoidable hospital use and cost.  The study builds on a series of publications, funded by The Nicholson Foundation, which examined opportunities provided by the Medicaid ACO Demonstration...
The Depression Improvement Across Minnesota, Offering A New Direction (DIAMOND) collaborative care initiative, supported by the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, provided similar training and support for 87 primary care clinics but varied staffing and care manager positions. Care managers were...
Effective collaboration within the practice team is essential in becoming a Patient-Centered Medical Home and improving overall health and efficiency. The Primary Care Team Guide ensures practices achieve improved care, productivity, and career satisfaction when shifting toward a team-based approach. The guide provides practice team members with advice, case studies, and necessary tools, such as modules and assessments to self-measure practices...
The New York Health Foundation, through its Advancing Primary Care Initiative, recently funded a report by the RAND Corporation to examine the strategies used by New York State Community Mental Health Centers to improve integration of behavioral health and primary care services for...
Several leading medical organizations, including the Institute of Medicine and the American College of Surgeons, have issued reports to recommend access to behavioral health support for cancer patients. These...
Coordinated patient-centered care is on the rise among medical providers aiming to improve health care quality while reducing overall costs. Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced an $840 million initiative to fund applicants who are transitioning to coordinated patient-centered care and are able to track progress toward measurable goals. “The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative is one of the largest federal investments uniquely designed to support...
The Third Edition of Clinical Integration: Accountable Care and Population Health, is a forthcoming book that will provide fresh insights and new information on the evolution of clinically integrated networks (CINs) across the U.S. health care system. Chapter 11 of this book, Non-Traditional Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services as a Core Part of Health in CINs and ACOs, was...

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