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Deadline: January 22, 2016

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention, Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Program – Behavioral Health Integration

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Workforce, Division of Nursing and Public Health, is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR)-Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPCP): Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) program. The purpose of this program is to advance team-based care delivery by nurses and other health professionals that leads to high-quality, patient- and population-centered outcomes. The BHI focus aims to integrate evidence-based, interprofessional, team-based models of behavioral health services into routine nurse-led primary care, to include Nurse-Managed Health Centers.

Awardees under this program will:

  • Create more efficient and integrated practices that lead to high quality patient- and population-centered outcomes that can subsequently inform interprofessional education models
  • Expand a nurse-led primary care team consisting of, at a minimum, a primary care provider (APRN), behavioral health provider, care coordinator, and consulting psychiatric provider (options include telebehavioral health)
  • Serve as a primary care/behavioral health integrated practicum site for interprofessional training for nursing and other health professions students
  • Provide universal screening for depression and unhealthy alcohol and other drug use using SBIRT and IMPACT tools and provide necessary education and support, intervention, monitoring and follow-up
  • Develop an effective referral arrangement for more intensive and/or any continuous treatment needs
  • Implement rapid cycle quality improvement (RCQI) to identify, implement and measure changes made to improve the project’s performance
  • Evaluate the program, collect needed program information, and disseminate findings to appropriate audiences
  • Develop a sustainable business model
  • Establish a formal arrangement for technical assistance to increase the level of behavioral health integration and enhance patient care delivery, allocated at no less than $25,000 per year

Amount: Approximately $8,000,000 is available for 16 awards of up to $500,000 each.

Eligibility: Accredited schools of nursing, health care facilities, or a partnership of such a school and facility.

Link: http://bhw.hrsa.gov/grants/technicalassistance/index.html

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