Resources from CIHS
The Quick Start Guide to Behavioral Health Integration is an interactive flowchart to walk through some of the questions to consider when integrating behavioral health care and point you toward helpful resources that can answer those questions. Explore the interactive chart online or download the printable pdf.
The Business Case for the Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care and the companion excel tool can help primary care organizations build a business case for behavioral health integration.
Advancing Behavioral Health Integration within NCQA Recognized Patient-Centered Medical Homes reviews the National Committee for Quality Assurance's (NCQA) patient-centered medical home (PCMH) standards and how they relate to the integration of behavioral health into primary care. HRSA-supported safety-net providers who have integrated behavioral health services can use this resource as a guide when preparing to apply to be recognized as a PCMH with NCQA.
The Organizational Assessment Toolkit for Primary and Behavioral Healthcare Integration (OATI) can help organizations (or organizational partnerships) improve the delivery of integrated primary and behavioral health care to populations with complex needs. OATI’s premise is that all programs in all primary care or behavioral health settings must assess and improve their capability to deliver integrated services within whatever resource base or staffing complement they currently have.
OATI features four self-assessment tools best used together to provide an understanding of your organization’s readiness regarding integrated care.
1. Partnership Checklist assesses an organization’s need for a partner, its potential contributions to the partnership, and next steps to develop effective partnerships.
2. Executive Walkthrough assesses and helps improve the customer experience of individuals with primary and behavioral health needs.
3. Administrative Readiness Tool assesses and progresses key administrative practices and processes for integrated care delivery.
4. COMPASS Primary Health-Behavioral Health Tool assesses and enhances clinical policies, procedures, practices, and processes that contribute to integrated care delivery.
AHRQ’s Academy for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration Playbook is a guide to integrating behavioral health in primary care and other ambulatory care settings. Find tips, resources and real-world examples of organizations integrating behavioral health care; identify pitfalls to avoid; and access an online forum for peer-to-peer networking and sharing.
The Partners in Health Toolkit was developed – partially written and partially compiled – by Barbara Demming Lurie of the Integrated Behavioral Health Project (IBHP) and sponsored by the California Mental Health Services Authority’s (CalMHSA) Statewide Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Initiative. It includes several sections relevant to partnerships, including:
- Issues Worth Considering in Forging Partnerships (pg. 32)
- The Partnership Model (pg. 50)
- Shaking Hands: Interagency Agreements (pg. 157)
- Sample HIPAA Provisions Agreement (pg. 105)
The Organized, Evidence-Based Care: Behavioral Health Integration Guide, from the Safety Net Medical Home Initiative, provides guidance and tools for primary care practice to use to develop a vision for integrated care, create a customized implementation plan and build strong integrated care teams.
Addressing Mental Health Concerns in Primary Care: A Clinician’s Toolkit is a resource from the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Task Force on Mental Health to provide primary care clinicians guidance in enhancing mental health care, including some substance use conditions. The toolkit, available for purchase from AAP, recommends eliciting family concerns at every visit, using routine screening with a common factors approach and motivational interviewing techniques.
The Integrated Primary Care Toolkit was developed by Tri-County Mental Health Services in Maine to help other primary care sites implement behavioral health care. The integrated care contracting has now spread to 25 Central Maine Healthcare primary care sites and is being spread to other health care systems.
The Collaborative Care Toolkit from the AIMS Center, provides a checklist and sample tools and resources to assess an organization’s approach to delivering collaborative care, determine strengths and identify current gaps or challenges.