Comparing Collaborative Care to Usual Care

Compared to usual care, Collaborative Care is shown to increase the effectiveness of depression treatment and lower total healthcare costs. This handout outlines those differences using data from the IMPACT trial.
Updated 1/2/19

Qualis Health Behavioral Health Integration Implementation Guide

The Behavioral Health Integration Implementation Guide is the most recent addition to the landmark series of Safety Net Medical Home Initiative implementation guides produced by Qualis Health to help primary care practices become Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH). The guide offers concrete strategies on behavioral health integration including creating a vision, building integrated care teams, monitoring progress, and providing population-level accountability, particularly important for organizations implementing Collaborative Care. For organizations looking for guidance and coaching that goes beyond this resource, the AIMS Center offers a wide range of coaching and implementation support.

Integrated Care: Creating Effective Mental and Primary Health Care Teams

Integrated Care: Creating Effective Mental Health and Primary Health Care Teams provides the first comprehensive guide for teams to integrate effective mental health care into primary care clinics. Edited by a team of UW Medicine mental health experts, it includes practical information, skills, and clinical approaches needed to implement Collaborative Care, an evidence-based model of integrated care developed at the University of Washington. Importantly, it provides a common resource and framework for all members of the care team including care managers, psychiatrists, primary care providers, and administrators. Editors include UW psychiatrists Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhDJurgen Unutzer, MD, PhD, MA, and the late Wayne Katon, MD, as well as UW psychologist Kari Stephens, PhD.

Find resources for implementation within the free Integrated Care Online Appendix. These include a CoCM readiness checklist, BHCM documentation templates with examples, job descriptions, links to screening and symptom monitoring tools, and more. Please note that the Integrated Care Online Appendix was last updated in 2016 and there may be more current versions of items elsewhere in our resource library. Email with specific questions.