Project Term: 24 months; Nov 2016 – Oct 2018
Grant Amount: $150,000
This project will bring integrated behavioral health services into a school-based health center serving at-risk students in Columbia Falls and Whitefish. The project will ensure that behavioral health screening, diagnosis, and treatment are fully integrated into the clinical care provided to students at the existing school-based health center in Columbia Falls and work to increase integration with primary care providers serving the students in Whitefish. With an initial grant from MHCF, North Valley Hospital established telepsychiatry services at the school. This new grant would enable the hospital to hire an on-site behavioral health provider(s) 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.