Project Term: 12 months; Ended 2018
Grant Amount: $50,000
This project established the Rural Integrated Behavioral Health (RIBH) Program – a pilot training curriculum to train and certify integrated behavioral health providers across the state. A collaborative venture of the University of Montana’s Department of Psychology, School of Social Work, Montana Office of Rural Health and Area Health Education Center, and the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana, the RIBH program developed two integrated behavioral health curriculum and has standing classes at the University of Montana. RIBH also developed a website, online modules, and began to explore an developing an integrated behavioral health certificate to be offered through the University of Montana. Additionally, RIBH is actively pursuing a licensed mental health center to endorsement to further expand and solidify sustainability of integrated behavioral health offerings.