Oct 15, 2014 - Safety Net Medical Home Initiative's New Behavioral Health Implementation Guide

During our Oct 15th  Behavioral Health call, the PCPCC hosted special guests, Kathryn Phillips, MPH, Director of Safety Net Medical Home Initiative (SNMHI) and Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD, Associate Director for Education of the AIMS Center.  Ms. Phillips and Dr. Ratzliff helped to develop new publicly available tools for the SNMHI called the  Behavioral Health Integration Implementation Guide.
Serving as moderator, Dr. George Patrin, opened up the call for Q&A from the larger audience. 
Access call agenda here.
About the Publication
The Behavioral Health Integration Implementation Guide is a suite of materials to help primary care practices integrate behavioral health care. It includes the following resources:
  • Executive Summary describing behavioral health integration, its role in PCMH transformation, and key implementation activities and actions described in plain language for a wide variety of readers.  Download pdf here.
  • Implementation Guide providing clear guidance and concrete strategies on behavioral health integration - creating a vision for integrated care, identifying resources to support integration, building integrated care teams, monitoring progress, and spreading and sustaining successes.
  • GROW Pathway Planning Worksheet — an interactive tool practices can use to develop customized implementation plans reflective of their goals and with current resources.
  • Case examples from diverse primary care practices.
Updated Tools
Two existing tools have been updated to incorporate new expectations for integrated behavioral health care:
  • CMH-A assessment tool includes a new question on behavioral health integration. 
  • Crosswalk between The Change Concepts for Practice Transformation and the 2014 NCQA PCMH Recognition Standards is now available. *The 2011 NCQA PCMH Standards will still be in effect through the end of 2014, so the 2011 Crosswalk will remain available until the end of the year.
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