Project Term: 12 months; Ended 2016
Grant Amount: $25,000
This project focused on integrating primary and behavioral health care for patients in eastern Montana. The primary care team at Holy Rosary Healthcare and behavioral health experts from Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center sought to provide seamless integrated behavioral health (IBH) services for patients with a full spectrum of mental health issues, addiction, and primary care medical conditions. Outcomes included: a stronger partnership between Eastern Montana Mental Health Center and Holy Rosary Healthcare, implementation of universal depression screenings for adult patients in primary care practice, and a detailed IBH implementation plan that maps out a model for the new services and addresses specific business operations questions. The partners plan to expand a full IBH model for all primary care physicians and providers (including youth) in the Holy Rosary Healthcare primary care clinic.