Project Term: 12 months; 2016-2017
Grant Amount: $35,000
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai (CSKT) Tribal Health Department will formulate a detailed strategic plan to integrate behavioral health into primary care and to train their current behavioral health staff and primary care providers on conducting motivational interviews and brief interventions. With established protocol, screening tools, and workflow plan, primary care and behavioral health providers will be able to consult with one another regarding behavioral change for preventable disease as well as for indications of behavioral health and substance abuse problems. Once implemented, this program will help improve patients’ health behaviors and enable behavioral health providers to provide brief interventions occurring the same day that patients are identified by primary care.