- Kara Hill, MHA, Director of Integrated Health Care, Mental Health America of Greater Houston
- Stacy A. Ogbeide, PsyD, MS, ABPP, Associate Professor and Director of Behavioral Health Education, Family Medicine Residency at UT Health San Antonio
For a decade, Mental Health America of Greater Houston (MHAGH) has promoted integrated health care (IHC), leading learning communities, providing training and technical assistance, and facilitating dialogue around value-based payment. Within the Integrated Health Care Initaitive (IHCI), we have conducted comprehensive reviews of programs throughout the nation, worked with subject matter experts, and reviewed research in best practices to implement integrated health care. The need is only increasing post-COVID19 due to higher exposure to trauma and trauma-related events. Now is the time to prepare providers and support and strengthen IHC to meet vulnerable populations’ growing needs. The work’s specific purpose is to advance integrated behavioral health for historically underserved communities in the Houston region. We have worked with Managed Care Organization in the Greater Houston Area that covers 90% of the Medicaid, CHIP, and dual-eligible (Medicaid and Medicare) populations. We have worked with practices that primarily serve low-income individuals and families living in urban settings. The populations served by these clinics are primarily African American and Hispanic. COLLABORATIVE GOAL: This breakthrough collaborative series aims to help participating clinics further strengthen integrated behavioral health in primary care via integration tools/training/resources and a learning community. Outcome goal: Each participating clinic will identify two IBH targets to focus within their practice from the list of predeveloped targets. By May 2022, participating clinics will further their level of integration by at least one, according to the Center for Integrated Health (CIHS) self-assessment tool. Participating organizations will: • Implement changes to improve integrated health care • Submit a monthly report that includes data as well as information on changes being tested and/or implemented
- Define the Breakthrough Collaborative Series.
- Describe the measures used in this Breakthrough Series Collaborative.
- Discuss the successes and challenges of implementing a system-wide change process.