CTC is excited to announce the official launch of the Integrated Behavioral Health Pilot Program. This pilot program, made possible through funding from the Rhode Island Foundation and Tufts Health Plan, will work to improve patient screening for depression, anxiety and substance use disorder (SUD), access to on-site behavioral health care, and improve care coordination for patients with high emergency department usage and severe mental illness.
Practices that will lead the way in Cohort 1 are:
- Associates in Primary Care
- East Bay Community Action Program (Newport and East Providence)
- Providence Community Health Center-Chafee
- Tri-Town Community Action and Women's Medicine Collaborate
- Women’s Medicine Collaborative
Practices that will join the pilot program in November 2016 as Cohort 2 are:
- Affinity-Family Medicine at Women's Care
- Coastal Medical-Hillside Family Medicine
- Memorial Hospital of RI- Family Care Center
- Providence Community Health Center (Capitol Hill and Prairie Avenue Sites)
- University Medicine-Governor Street
- Wood River Health Services
Throughout the pilot program, CTC will work with RI health plans to evaluate results which are anticipated to build a case for a sustainable primary care integrated behavioral health care delivery system. A recent report released by the RI Department of Health "2015 Statewide Health Inventory Utilization and Capacity Study" highlights the need for action. The report concludes that there is presently limited integration between primary care and behavioral health. A key priority in this report is to increase health parity through improving access to psychiatry and psychology care for Medicare and Medicaid patients.