Few evaluations of integrated behavioral health (IBH) have studied whether these models are effective with a low-income, Hispanic population. To this end, 8 grantees through the Sí Texas project implemented different IBH models to better coordinate mental health and primary care services for their clients. Using a collaborative approach, this project involved rigorous evaluation studies at both the grantee-level and across sites to assess the effectiveness and implementation of these IBH models. This collaborative evaluation approach ensured that each grantee-specific study was tailored to its appropriate context, while still maintaining consistency for the portfolio evaluation. Additionally, qualitative data collected across sites examined the facilitators and barriers to implementing IBH approaches in resource-constrained communities. This presentation will include study findings and lessons learned on using a collaborative evaluation approach in a multi-site study.
- Describe the effects of integrated behavioral health approaches on physical and mental health among a predominantly Hispanic population residing in south Texas.
- Identify the key facilitators and barriers to implementation of integrated behavioral health approaches in resource-constrained communities as assessed in the Si Texas portfolio.
- Discuss potential future research opportunities to further assess the impact of integrated care models on mental and physical health outcomes and determine best practices in their implementation.
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