Rural Mental Health Integration Initiative

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Please check back frequently to ensure the application period is still open. We encourage clinics to apply as soon as possible to secure a spot in the cohort. 

Poor mental health is a major public health issue, affecting millions of people in their pursuit to lead optimal emotional, social, and professional lives. Depression alone can worsen other medical conditions, often doubling over-all healthcare costs, and result 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 implement Collaborative Care. Selected clinics will receive up to $245,000 over 15 months to defray participation costs. 

Apply now for Cohort 3 

We are currently accepting applications for Cohort 3. More clinics are eligible to apply. View section 2 of the RFA for complete eligibility details and Appendix A for ineligible zip codes. Please read all of the information below before completing any application materials. 

Do you know of an organization or clinic who would be interested in this opportunity? Feel free to download and share our flyer. 

Request for Applications 

This document outlines the initiative scope, key components of the training and coaching process, and application requirements. Appendix A lists all ineligible zip codes. Please refer to Section 6 of the RFA to ensure you've completed all steps of the application process with correct formatting. 

  • RFA: Cohort 3
  • Note: 
    • Eligible clinics must have served at least 900 unique patients age 18 or older in primary care in the most recent reporting year. 
      • Organizations may combine primary care populations across multiple clinics to meet this minimum if all clinics will participate in Collaborative Care. 
    • Clinics do not need to have any patients served by Premera in order to apply. 
    • Organizations applying on behalf of multiple sites should submit separate applications for each site. 
    • RMHII staff may revise the Request for Applications as needed. Please check the lower left-hand corner of the RFA for the date it was last updated to ensure you are working from the latest version. 

Application Materials 

AIMS Caseload Tracker

All participating clinics are granted free access to the AIMS Caseload Tracker registry. Participating clinics must use the registry, and in order to do so, must complete a license agreement with the University of Washington. View the software use agreement at the link below. 

Due Date:

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.  


The AIMS Center will host a webinar for potential applicants on May 19, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm, Pacific Time. Project managers will summarize the Rural Mental Health Integration Initiative opportunity and allow time for an open question and answer session. Register at the link below to receive an email with join information. 



See our Frequently Asked Questions from Applicants. You can also attend the above webinar for more information on the project. 


Participating Cohorts

Congratulations to the primary care clinics selected to participate in the first two cohorts of the Rural Mental Health Integration Initiative! The following clinics are committed to implementing high quality, evidence-based integrated care in their rural communities:

Cohort 1

Cohort 2

Last updated: 4/9/2021

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Start and End Dates
January, 2020 to October, 2022
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