Integrating Behavioral Health into an Internal Medicine Team

Project Term: 12 months; Ended 2017
Grant Amount: $32,700

The goal of this project was to develop a plan to integrate behavioral health care into a Bozeman Health internal medicine team. The project resulted in the hiring of a psychiatrist who worked with the internal medicine team and a women’s specialist to establish the integrated behavioral health (IBH) program. The National Council for Behavioral Health met with providers and staff to provide guidance on implementing IBH workflows, policies, procedures, and protocols. Bozeman Health integrated IBH into one “pod” of providers and then expanded to the rest of the group once workflows were ironed out. The staggered roll-out allowed refinement and improvement of processes prior to full implementation. Because of this thorough planning process, Bozeman Health positioned themselves to fully implement IBH throughout their primary care and pediatric practices.

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