A Healthier Wisconsin

Increasing Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care Settings

Improving access to mental health resources and services for Medicaid populations in Wisconsin

Full Project Name:Increasing Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care Settings Through Team TrainingPrimary Community Organization:Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare QualityPrimary Academic Partner:Katinka Hooyer, PhD, Family MedicineAward Amount:$367,650.00
Award Date
Project Duration:36 months

Project Description Narrative:

Mental health disorders impact individuals of all socioeconomic status. However, Medicaid recipients, who are disproportionately people of color, experience increased disparities and lack of access to mental health care. According to the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality's 2019 Health Disparities Report, the depression screening rate for Medicaid recipients was 15% lower than Medicare patients. Implementing a model of care called integrated behavioral health (IBH) into primary care clinics has been shown to expand access to mental health services and improve health outcomes for those receiving Medicaid.

Through this award, project partners aim to launch a multi-sector partnership to implement IBH within Wisconsin's health system to improve mental health outcomes.

Community partners: Bellin Health, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Primary Care Associates of Appleton, UnityPoint Health-Meriter, Fort HealthCare, ProHealth Care, Ascension, Beloit Health System, Collaborative Family Healthcare Association

Project Updates:

  • Recruited nine statewide health systems to enroll in the project, including a wide diversity in participating health systems and rural systems
  • Received positive feedback on trainings to date and received approval to provide continuing education credit to participants
  • Posted all training videos on the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) YouTube page to be available to the general public
  • Disseminated project efforts at the Medical College of Wisconsin Family Medicine Research Forum and the WCHQ Statewide Quality Improvement Event

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