Project Term: 24 months; Ended 2019
Grant Amount: $150,000
St. Vincent’s integrated behavioral health services into nine primary care clinics and created a virtual connection between these clinics and specialty behavioral health. With the virtual health technology infrastructure in place, warm hand-offs to virtual visits with behavioral health specialty providers are happening at each site. St. Vincent also began using SBIRT (screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment) for primary care patients in all its sites, which is a significant accomplishment. This project is sustainable through billing and reimbursement. St. Vincent will continue working with national payers to explore how it can extend its integrated behavioral health infrastructure to support access to behavioral health services in rural eastern Montana communities.