In January of 2016, CTC launched the Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) Pilot Program and selected twelve practices that committed to improve patient screening for depression, anxiety and substance use disorder (SUD), improve access to on-site behavioral health care and improve care coordination for patients with high emergency department usage and for patients with severe mental illness. Five practices that were assigned to Cohort 1 (do you want to mention these practices) and started their work plans 1/1/16.
In November, 2016 Cohort 2 practices (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 and Wood River Health Services) began participating in the pilot program.
The IBH program, made possible through funding from the Rhode Island Foundation and Tufts Health Plan, includes a robust evaluation plan. The RI Health Plans and primary care practices anticipate that results will assist with building a business case for a sustainable primary care integrated behavioral health care delivery system.