Our goal with this initiative is to improve health outcomes and reduce related costs through the widespread implementation of the integrated behavioral health model of care. To do this, we are working to bring together a cohort of innovative primary care providers who will integrate behavioral health services into their practices. We emphasize strengthening partnerships between primary care and existing behavioral health practices whenever possible. By participating in this initiative, our grantees will promote the more effective use of existing resources and the stronger alignment of community partners.
Our core strategies include integrating behavioral health services into the following settings:
- The Federally Qualified Health Center Network
- Prospective Payment System Hospitals (Montana’s largest hospitals)
- Critical Access Hospitals
- Tribal Health Departments
- Urban Indian Health Centers
As part of this initiative, we are also making targeted investments in other settings such as university and college student health clinics and other nonprofit primary care practices.