Project Term: 24 months; 2019-2021
Grant Amount: $75,000
St. Luke Community Healthcare will implement integrated behavioral health in their critical access hospital and rural health clinic. As part of this project, they will develop a patient registry, adopt collaborative care billing, incorporate crisis management systems into integrated behavioral health, fully implement SBIRT (screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment), and initiate medication-assisted treatment. The project will use funds to staff a care coordinator position, establish psychiatric consultation, including training and consultation from the National Council for Behavioral Health, and provide enhancements to their patient registry. Through this project, St. Luke’s hopes to improve health outcomes and reduce costs by fully implementing their integrated behavioral health model. Additionally, they will make more formal efforts to partner with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to ensure effective alignment of resources and services for the Native American population.