The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions, whether seen in specialty behavioral health or primary care provider settings. CIHS is funded jointly by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and run by the National Council for Behavioral Health.
The Center provides training and technical assistance to 100 community behavioral health organizations as well as to community health centers and other primary care and behavioral health organizations. The PBHCI Grant program is part of an unprecedented push by Congress and the Health and Human Services Administration to help prevent and reduce chronic disease and promote wellness by treating behavioral health needs on an equal footing with other health conditions.
The Center for Integrated Health Solutions will increase the number of:
- Individuals trained in specific behavioral health related practices;
- Organizations using integrated health care service delivery approaches;
- Consumers credentialed to provide behavioral health related practices;
- Model curriculums developed for bidirectional primary and behavioral health integrated practice; and,
- Health providers trained in the concepts of wellness and behavioral health recovery.