Integrating Behavioral Health in a Critical Access Hospital

Project Term: 12 months; Ended 2019
Grant Amount: $50,000

Through this planning grant, Northern Rockies Medical Center (NRMC) was able to increase the effectiveness of behavioral health referrals, overcome barriers to psychiatric care, and increase the capabilities of their clinic and hospital to address the behavioral health and substance abuse needs of the community. NRMC strengthened local and regional partnerships through formalizing referral pathways, care coordination, and tele-psychiatry services for one hospital and two community health centers. NRMC also implemented universal screening for depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders, and developed data tools and workflows for screening, referrals, treatment, and emergency department utilization for behavioral health. NRMC is actively working with regional partners to explore a feasible and sustainable approach to integrated behavioral health through partnerships versus individual expansion. Leadership is committed to continued expansion of behavioral health through a regional model to better utilize existing workforce and resources.

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