Frequently Asked Questions

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The AIMS Center operates under the policies and guidelines of the University of Washington. Please review the official University of Washington website terms and conditions of use for more information.

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Do you maintain a list of providers/professionals that uses Collaborative Care?

The AIMS Center does not maintain a list of organizations that have implemented Collaborative Care. Unfortunately, we don't have the capacity to ensure the model is being practiced as intended and therefore cannot refer people to any particular clinic.

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Yes. We have learned a lot about what does and doesn't work over the past ten years and we use that experience to help each new implementation. We normally work with organizations from beginning to end including pre-launch planning, training, and post-launch coaching and consultation. Please view Our Services to learn more.

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The AIMS Center provides training and technical assistance to organizations implementing integrated behavioral health care. The AIMS Center does not treat patients directly and is not equipped to be a referral source for patients. You can ask for Collaborative Care or IMPACT from any doctor you visit. For a referral to a behavioral health provider in your area, please ask your primary care provider and/or visit the web page for the national Mental Health Services Locator:  http://store.samhsa.gov/mhlocator

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The AIMS Center does not give out names and contact information for implementing organizations without their explicit permission to do so. If you would like more information or to contact someone at these organizations, please send us more details about your implementation plans and what you hope to gain by connecting with the organization (specific questions, etc).

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The AIMS Center does not keep a list of all the organizations using Collaborative Care. We suggest you ask your primary care provider if they are using the Collaborative Care model.

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The AIMS Center facilitates Problem-Solving Treatment (PST) certification and training for individuals working within a collaborative care or integrated care team. For those interested in PST training, please contact uwaims@uw.edu and we will help connect you with a PST trainer in your region.

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Is the PHQ-9 a validated depression screener for adolescents?

Yes, the PHQ-9 has been shown to accurately and effectively screen adolescents for depression in children as young as 12. Other validated depression screeners, such as the Children’s Depression Inventory (CDI), have been shown to be validated for children younger than 13.

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We recommend you talk with your doctor and see if your clinic provides mental health care that includes the basic principles of good care: 1) treatment to target approach, in which medications and/or psychotherapy are systematically changed if your symptoms aren't improving; 2) population-based care, in which your care team tracks patient progress in a registry to ensure no one falls through the cracks; 3) evidence-based care, in which patients are offered treatments with credible research evidence that show their effectiveness; and 4)  patient-centered team care, in which your doctor effectively collaborates with behavioral health providers using shared care plans that incorporate patient goals. If your doctor is NOT part of an effective, integrated care team, you could share this website with them and this handout. We are working on a patient guide to asking for good mental health care and encourage you to contact us if this would be helpful.