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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration

Deadline: February 27, 2015

The purpose of the Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) grant program is to establish projects for the provision of coordinated and integrated services through the co-location of primary and specialty care medical services in community-based behavioral health settings. The goal is to improve the physical health status of adults with serious mental illnesses and those with co-occurring substance use disorders who have or are at risk for co-morbid primary care conditions and chronic diseases. The program’s objective is to support the triple aim of improving the health of individuals with serious mental illnesses; enhancing the consumer experience of care (including quality, access, and reliability); and reducing/controlling the per capita cost of care.

In FY2015, SAMHSA builds on previous PBHCI funding opportunities by capitalizing on lessons learned from previous PBHCI grantees and the field at large, in order to further develop the coordination and integration of primary care and behavioral health care services. Grantees will be expected to achieve this by strengthening their focus on integrated treatment teams, evidence-based and promising wellness interventions, program structures (e.g., primary care access, information sharing, and treatment planning, etc.), performance monitoring and continuous quality improvement, and sustainability.

Amount: Up to $400,000 per year for up to four years.

Eligibility: Eligibility for this program is statutorily limited to qualified community mental health programs, as defined under section 1913(b)(1) of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.

Link: http://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-15-005

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