Enhancing Behavioral Health Integration

Project Term: 12 months; Ended 2018
Grant Amount: $30,000

This project’s goal was to strengthen the Curry Health Center’s level of behavioral health integration between their medical and counseling clinics. The health center succeeded in implementing a process change that promotes more consistent usage of depression screenings and coordinated follow-up care. The health center now exceeds national averages for college health centers for the care of depression with respect to use of the PHQ-9 depression screening at initial and follow up visits. In the fall of 2018, the health center will implement an integrated team including a primary care provider, a behavioral health clinician, health coach, and a university psychology student. This pilot was an innovative way to maximize existing resources at the university and support further integration of services. Technical assistance was provided by the National Council for Behavioral Health.

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