Project Term: 24 months; 2017-2019
Grant Amount: $150,000
This project would contribute to Saint Vincent Healthcare’s implementation of integrated behavioral health in all their primary care clinics, both those in Billings and those in the rural communities that they serve. This grant would enable them to plan and implement a strong referral system that ensures that behavioral health specialists are used efficiently and effectively. The process for referrals on to behavioral health counselors, as well as other staff members in the specialty clinic will be defined, and developed to ensure an integrated workflow for a complete continuum of care; the project will include consideration of telehealth for rural patients that require a level of care beyond the scope of what the team can provide onsite at the primary care clinics.