School Based Integrated Behavioral Health Care for Students

Project Term: 24 months; Ended 2018
Grant Amount: $150,000

This project helped North Valley work towards integrating behavioral health services into a school-based health center serving at-risk students in Columbia Falls and Whitefish. A previous grant from MHCF, helped North Valley establish telepsychiatry services at the school. This new grant was intended to help the hospital hire an on-site behavioral health provider who would offer mental health and substance use disorder screening and treatment to the high-risk student population and develop and implement a fully-integrated system of care in the hospital’s outpatient clinics. The project experienced some staff turnover, and they are currently recruiting for this position. Even so, during the grant North Valley realized a 23% improvement in depression screening rates for their primary care clinic and a 71% improvement in depression scores for the integrated behavioral health population during the time when the behavioral health position was filled.

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