Poor mental health is a major public health issue that robs millions of people of their chance to lead healthy and productive lives. Depression alone doubles overall healthcare costs, worsens other medical conditions, and results in a staggering loss of productivity at work. In underserved rural areas in the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) region, a severe shortage of mental health providers compounds these problems.
St. Luke’s Health System plans to implement proven integrated behavioral health strategies, including a collaborative care program, to treat common behavioral health conditions more effectively. This implementation will begin with a pilot in three clinics in spring 2017 and two clinics in fall 2017.
A large number of women receive their routine care in obstetrics-gynecology (OB-GYN) clinics, including a disproportionate percentage of low-income and minority women. For many of these women, OB-GYNs are the only provider they see on a regular basis.
The AIMS Center developed a custom software system to support Dr. Kathleen Myers’ Children's ADHD Telemental Health Treatment Study. Myers’ research project is the first large randomized clinical trial to examine the effectiveness of telemental health as a service delivery model.
UW psychiatrists are providing consultations and prescription reviews to Medicaid providers in Wyoming, a state with a severe shortage of specialists. Consultations focus on complex cases and clinical reviews are aimed at patients needing particular attention.
A pilot program attempting to determine whether integrated mental health care can be effective given the unique challenges faced by primary care clinics in Alaska.