Integrated Behavioral Health Planning and Development

Project Term: 12 months; Ended 2018
Grant Amount: $48,215

Through this project, Sweet Medical Center (SMC) sought to address behavioral health needs that were identified as a top concern in the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment through an integrated behavioral health planning grant. Over the course or the grant, however, SMC merged with Bighorn Valley Health Center and grant funds were used to advance the provision of behavioral health services in the merger. While the merger caused some early delays, ultimately the grantee implemented a fully functional and sustainable integrated behavioral health model. At the conclusion of the grant, the grantee was working to expand this model to include substance use disorder screening and treatment. SMC has also implemented universal screening of patients for depression and anxiety, as well as SBIRT (screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment) for all patients (over age 12) presenting at the sites. In addition, due to this planning grant, SMC was able to hire two additional behavioral health care staff, including a psychologist and licensed clinical professional counselor. These new staff members, along with the existing family nurse practitioner (who is pursuing her advanced certification as a psychiatric nurse practitioner), form the backbone of a model of integrated medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to treat opioid use disorder at sites in Chinook and Harlem.

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