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.
Our clinical consultation projects utilize the expertise of University of Washington psychiatrists by making them available to the WWAMI region and beyond for caseload review, treatment recommendations, and consultation regarding psychotropic prescribing medications.
MHIP helps low income or safety net populations throughout the state of Washington by integrating high quality mental health treatment into primary care settings using collaborative care.
BHIP uses collaborative care to bring mental health treatment into UW Neighborhood Clinics, a system of primary care clinics located throughout greater Seattle.
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.
The Care Coordination Collaborative (CCC) brings together teams from safety net health plans, primary care, mental health, substance use disorder and/or social service agencies in California to develop processes to coordinate care for shared patients/clients and to provide services.