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.
Poor mental health is a major public health issue, affecting millions of people in their pursuit to lead optimal emotional, social, and professional lives. For example, depression and anxiety can worsen other medical conditions, often doubling overall healthcare costs and resulting in a staggering loss of productivity at work and in the home. In underserved rural areas in Washington and Alaska, a severe shortage of mental health providers compounds these problems.
The AIMS Center is partnering with Premera to support up to 30 clinics in rural Washington and Alaska to expand access to evidence-based mental health treatment. Selected clinics will receive up to $245,000 over 15 months to defray participation costs.
In partnership with Healthier Washington, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) launched The Practice Transformation Support Hub (Hub). The Hub is a 2.5-year project that will provide WA State practices with the training, coaching, technical assistance, and tools needed to achieve the goals of integrating physical and behavioral health services, moving from volume to value-based services, and improving population health through clinical community linkages.
TEAMcare was a randomized controlled trial designed to test collaborative care strategies in managing depression, diabetes, and coronary heart disease in primary care.
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.
This project examines variations between rural and urban access to substance abuse treatment services and the extent to which it may affect patient-level clinical outcomes.
Jürgen Unützer is a member of a task force that is examining reform options for the State of Washington's adult behavioral health system.