Erin Hafer is the Manager of New Programs Integration at Community Health Plan of Washington, a not-for-profit organization founded by local community health centers. Over the past six years, she has overseen the implementation of Collaborative Care in nearly 150 community health centers across the state of Washington as part of the Mental Health Integration Program. Erin recently spoke to us about her experiences.
Elizabeth is a 66 year old woman who was a patient in the original IMPACT Trial. She had been suffering from depression for 20 years and had tried to protect herself from her pain through isolation. With the help of her care manager, Rita, Elizabeth began to trust others. “Rita helped me to open up and feel like a person again. She came into my life to save my life. She’s an angel to me." Read Elizabeth's story, courtesy of the John A. Hartford Foundation, funders of the IMPACT trial.
A new study says Collaborative Care can prevent heart attacks and stroke.
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, the severe lack of qualified mental health workers compounds these problems.
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The AIMS Center does not maintain a list of organizations that have implemented Collaborative Care. Unfortunately, we don't have the capacity to ensure the model is being practiced as intended and therefore cannot refer people to any particular clinic.
Yes. We have learned a lot about what does and doesn't work over the past ten years and we use that experience to help each new implementation. We normally work with organizations from beginning to end including pre-launch planning, training, and post-launch coaching and consultation. Please view Our Services to learn more.
The AIMS Center provides training and technical assistance to organizations implementing integrated behavioral health care. The AIMS Center does not treat patients directly and is not equipped to be a referral source for patients. You can ask for Collaborative Care or IMPACT from any doctor you visit. For a referral to a behavioral health provider in your area, please ask your primary care provider and/or visit the web page for the national Mental Health Services Locator: http://store.samhsa.gov/mhlocator
The AIMS Center does not give out names and contact information for implementing organizations without their explicit permission to do so. If you would like more information or to contact someone at these organizations, please send us more details about your implementation plans and what you hope to gain by connecting with the organization (specific questions, etc).