BHI promotes Integrated Health Care by supporting the role of behavioral health professionals within primary care practices (or sometimes primary care providers work within a community behavioral health clinic.) Integrated Care exists on a continuum, from “Minimal Collaboration” to “Full Collaboration in a Transformed/Merged Integrated Practice” (see SAMHSA’s “Six Levels of Collaboration/Integration”)
There are several primary care practices in the city of Aurora and the Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas county area who have behavioral health services located in their office. There are also mental health center offices in our region that have primary care services located in their buildings. If you are interested in knowing more about these facilities, contact Toni Johnson at 303-361-8248.
- Integrated Care can provide mental health counseling, substance use counseling, medications, therapy groups, drop-in centers, wellness activities and/or peer services.
- Integrated Care can also include the assistance of behavioral health Care Managers who can assist members with a variety of needs.
- Adolescent Depression: In efforts to identify and treat adolescent depression early, BHI is part of a Performance Improvement Project which utilizes assessment tools that are available to practices for screening patients age 13-17, which is a reimbursable service.
- Mental Health First Aid: This is an 8-hour training course designed to give persons key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aid is ideal for medical personnel, administrative staff, as well as school employees, law enforcement and community members. Courses are scheduled throughout the year or can be scheduled at your facility. If you are interested in Mental Health First Aid training for yourself or your team, please contact Kathy Forrest at 303-361-8152.
As a part of BHI’s integrated health care efforts, we facilitate 4 different Integrated Care Learning Collaboratives:Integrated Care Learning Collaborative
The Integrated Care Learning Collaborative is held bi-monthly on the 2nd Tuesday. The group meets to discuss general integration for both adults and youth, updates on integration efforts from various organizations, barriers to integrated care, solutions, coding/billing and successes. Participants include: Aurora Mental Health Center, AllHealth Network, Community Reach Center, Mental Health Center of Denver, Colorado Access, BHI and other community organizations working on integrated care. This group shares upcoming trainings, new strategies, successes and failures. Professionals interested in or engaged in integrated care are welcome. If you are interested in joining this Collaborative, contact Kathy Forrest at 303-361-8152.
Pediatric Learning Collaborative
The Pediatric Learning Collaborative is held the 1st Tuesday of every month. Meets at rotating locations. PLC is a collaborative of community agencies focused on pediatrics that want to see Integrated Care be relevant and successful in the state of Colorado. This group is composed of behavioral health providers from many settings, educators, administrators, and payers. We hope you will join us in this effort as your perspective and expertise is critical to finding the answers we need to ensure integrated care is successful for both patients and clinics. Professionals interested in or working with this population are welcome. If you are interested in joining this Collaborative, contact Kathy Forrest at 303-361-8152.
Perinatal Learning Collaborative
The Perinatal Learning Collaborative is hel bi-monthly on the 1st Thursday. The group is focused on maternal mental health and has been chosen to participate in the 2020 Mom project. This group is made up of professionals from BHI, Colorado Access, Tri-County Health, University of Colorado and others who are involved with identifying issues such as post-partum depression and providing/referring for treatment. Professionals interested in or working with this population are welcome. If you are interested in joining this Collaborative, please contact Toni Johnson at 303-361-8248.
Chronic Pain Project
The Chronic Pain Project is held bi-monthly on the 3rd Thursday. This is a group made up of treatment providers, BHI staff and other organizations who are involved with the treatment of chronic pain. The goal is to identify effective strategies for treating chronic pain, stay apprised of local resources, outreach members and providers and discuss innovations and challenges for treatment chronic pain, including addiction. If you are interested in joining this Collaborative, please contact Kathy Forrest at 303-361-8152.
Resources for Medical Providers
The Integrated Care team at BHI can meet with you and your practice at your convenience to:
- Share behavioral health resources in the community
- Inform practices about post-partum mood disorder resources for new moms
- Explain the role of BHI and the variety of support offered
- Recommend mental health and substance use screening protocols
- Facilitate communication with the mental health centers
- Provide Mental Health First Aid training and certification