Behavioral Activation Patient Education Handout

This handout provides information about depression, explains the benefit of scheduling daily activities, and includes a worksheet for scheduling daily activities. It is for Behavioral Health Care Managers to use when delivering Behavioral Activation to a patient.

Behavioral Health Care Manager Role and Job Description

The Behavioral Health Care Manager.is responsible for coordinating and supporting mental health care within the clinic and for coordinating referrals to clinically indicated services outside the clinic. The Behavioral Health Care Manager may provide evidence-based treatments or work with other mental health providers when such treatment is indicated.

The job description below provides a comprehensive list of the duties and responsibilities required of a Behavioral Health Care Manager.

Checklist of Collaborative Care Principles and Components

Core principles and components of effective integrated behavioral health care developed in consultation with national experts and support from the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the California HealthCare Foundation.

Create a Shared Vision for Collaborative Care

A shared organizational vision is a concrete way for team members within an organization to understand the purpose of a program. A powerful vision statement will stretch expectations and professional aspirations while helping staff step outside of their comfort zone. Visioning is an important process that provides focus and enables Collaborative Care (CoCM) teams to build a shared understanding of their common purpose and future goals.

Use the following guide (below) to facilitate the development of a shared vision of CoCM that maps onto existing behavioral health services. The document goes over why a shared vision is important and the steps that are required to create a shared vision within a CoCM framework.

Team Building and Workflow Guide

The AIMS Center has helped hundreds of organizations implement and sustain Collaborative Care for common mental disorders. For Collaborative Care to succeed, we’ve learned that clinics must clearly define the roles of all team members and create a workflow that meets the needs of their patients.

This guide is a road map to get you there. More information can be found in our Implementation Guide: Plan for Clinical Practice Change.

The Team Building and Workflow Guide refers to the following resources:

  • Team Member Self-Assessment: A worksheet that allows each member of a care team to think about what Collaborative Care roles they currently practice.
  • Task Summary Worksheet: A worksheet that allows an Implementation Leader to map out current team structure and activities and to identify gaps, duplication, and opportunities for streamlining and/or more collaboration.
  • Clinical Workflow Plan: A worksheet to document who will complete Collaborative Care tasks as well as how, when, and where.
  • Action Plan Worksheet: A worksheet to organize what resources you need and who is responsible for getting things done for you to launch Collaborative Care.
  • Administrative Readiness Checklist: A list of administrative tasks to be considered when planning a Collaborative Care implementation.

Psychiatric Consultant Role and Job Description

The Psychiatric Consultant supports the prescribing medical provider and Behavioral Health Care Manager in treating patients with behavioral health problems. They will typically consult with the Behavioral Health Care Manager on a weekly basis to review the treatment plan and provide treatment suggestions for patients who are new or not improving as expected.

The resource below includes a PDF of a comprehensive description of the duties, responsibilities, resource requirements and typical workload of a Psychiatric Consultant.

Quality Aims Example

Provides an example from our MHIP implementation of what kind of metrics can be tracked. Note that this is an example only and is relevant for one snapshot in time. These Quality Aims are regularly reviewed and revised based on previous successes and failures.