After training with the AIMS Center, Columbia County Health System in Dayton, WA has built a robust behavioral health program that makes resourceful use of telepsychiatry. Read more about the care model and barriers to behavioral health access in rural communities.
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AIMS Co-Director Dr. Anna Ratzliff is quoted on the importance of treating opioid use disorder and mental health issues concurrently.
With the help of implementation coaching from the AIMS Center, Morris Hospital successfully launched a collaborative care program. Dr. Jennifer Thomas, family medicine physician, discusses the positive impact for both patients and primary care providers.
The MN Health Collaborative published a call to action introducing an agnostic framework to guide implementation of integrated behavioral health. Core principles of collaborative care are adopted and recommended in this state-wide call for behavioral health integration.
Dr. Anna Ratzliff of AIMS explains the benefits of telepsychiatry for rural populations within collaborative care.
Queen’s Clinically Integrated Physician Network launched a new, integrated style of health care. The first of its kind in Hawaii, Queen’s collaborative care model multiplies tenfold a psychiatrist’s capacity to consult with patients. With collaborative care, the patient gets expert psychiatric care without ever having to step inside the office of a psychiatrist. Primary care doctors get the support they need to confidently treat their patient’s mental illness.
The collaborative care model is being implemented to care for patients receiving inpatient and outpatient services, especially where there is a behavioral health provider shortage. Many within hospital settings are recognizing that integrating physical and behavioral health care can be very beneficial for the overall health of patients and reducing the stigmas commonly associated with behavioral health conditions. Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA speaks about how the collaborative care approach can be effective for patients and providers.
Mark Duncan, MD shares how using the collaborative care model to treat patients experiencing addiction can be a very promising treatment method especially while facing today’s opioid epidemic. Collaborative care can open doors for effective and targeted treatment within the primary care setting for patients with substance use disorders.