Resources

Telehealth presents an opportunity to expand access to behavioral health services, particularly for individuals in rural areas. For example, as the opioid epidemic has swept the Nation, rural communities have been witnessing significant increases in opioid overdose death rates. A blog by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,...
Post date: February 22, 2018
Although studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of integrating behavioral health and primary care, States still need to adopt policy changes to facilitate its implementation. In a recent brief, the National Academy for State Health Policy discusses this issue. The brief, Physical and Behavioral Health Integration: State Policy Approaches to Support Key Infrastructure, highlights key components of the infrastructure...
Post date: February 22, 2018
The following new resources are available for patients seeking or providers offering treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD): Department of Health and Human Services Resources How HIPAA Allows Doctors To Respond to the Opioid Crisis (Department of Health and Human Services)–this brief explains how health care providers can share health information with patients’ family members during certain crisis situations...
Post date: January 11, 2018
The following new resources are available for patients seeking or providers offering treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD): Department of Health and Human Services Resources Rural Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Toolkit (link is external) (Rural Health information Hub)—Supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration, this toolkit provides evidence-based examples,...
Post date: January 11, 2018
A new AHRQ report examines factors that may limit access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) in rural primary care settings. Peer-reviewed articles and grey literature on implementing MAT for OUD were examined. The report also includes links and descriptions to nearly 250 tools and resources to support the delivery of MAT in rural primary care settings. Access the report: Implementing Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder...
Post date: January 11, 2018
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced it is accepting applications for a funding opportunity for fiscal year 2017 for States or State agencies working to integrate behavioral health and primary care. SAMHSA anticipates awarding up to 11 grantees $2 million annually under the Promoting Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care Grants. The projected funding totals $110...
Post date: April 19, 2017
AHRQ’s Integration Playbook, a new interactive guide to support the integration of behavioral health care in ambulatory care practices, is now available on the portal. Topics include planning for integration; preparing your practice’s infrastructure; establishing protocols and clinical workflows for integration; and developing processes for tracking patients, monitoring outcomes, and maintaining engagement. The...
Post date: July 12, 2016
There are a variety of models for integrating behavioral health into primary care. Despite the straightforward descriptions often provided for how to provide integrated care, actually providing team-based integrated behavioral health in primary care is often less straightforward. The resources described below can provide guidance and tools for individuals and organizations hoping to improve integrated care, whether they are new to integration or hoping to expand existing integrated services...
Post date: July 12, 2016
There is a substantial need for quality measurement in behavioral health. This focus on behavioral health quality measurement stems from the advent of health care reform, as well as the growing recognition of the impact of mental health on population health and health care costs. Two recently published journal articles as well as a newly released toolkit highlight the need for quality measurement of behavioral health. A June 2016 article, “...
Post date: July 12, 2016
In April 2016, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) published the 2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR) and 5th Anniversary Update on the National Quality Strategy (NQS). For the first time, these reports are combined into the 2015 QDR and NQS Report  a “single document that describes the nation’s progress in improving health care access,...
Post date: June 07, 2016

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