Foundation

Social Innovation Fund: Healthy Futures

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.

Texas Integrated Health Care Program

The AIMS Center provided training and coaching to five primary care organizations in Texas to implement integrated care for the two mental health conditions most commonly encountered in primary care: depression and anxiety disorders. The implementation is using a patient registry (CMTS) to track and measure patient goals and clinical outcomes, and facilitate treatment adjustment if a patient is not improving as expected.

Integration Summit

In 2011, a group of national thought leaders participated in a summit meeting to discuss atient-centered integrated mental health solutions in the era of health care reform. The group created a checklist of core principles and components of effective integrated behavioral health care.