News & Updates

April 2015
UW Health Sciences NewsBeat

Providing effective depression care in rural areas is extremely challenging given the lack of resources, high rates of poverty, prevalence of uninsured patients, and lack of mental health professionals. The Social Innovation Fund is helping primary care community clinics deliver better mental health care to approximately 8,000 adults by funding implementation of the Collaborative Care model in rural areas of the western United States.

April 2015
U.S. Medicine: The Voice of Federal Medicine

US Medicine discusses a recent research publication in JAMA PsychiatryJohn Fortney, Associate Director of Research at the UW AIMS Center, and colleagues examined a telemedicine-based Collaborative Care model for PTSD compared to usual care for rural veterans. As 41% of veterans live in rural areas, travel distance and stigma often reduce access and adherence to PTSD treatment.

April 8, 2015
Psychiatric News

Jürgen Unützer pays tribute to his friend and colleague, Wayne Katon, MD, who passed away on March 1, 2015. He describes Wayne as a "generous mentor, wonderful colleague, and truly great human being," and details his impact on the field of psychiatry. 

April 6, 2015
Health IT Outcomes

Health IT Outcomes discusses the Children's ADHD Telemental Heath Treatment Study (CATTS), recently published in the Journal of American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, that demonstrated the effectiveness of a telehealth service model to treat ADHD in communities with limited access to specialty mental health services. The AIMS Center developed and customized the software system (CMTS) used in the research study, which included UW authors Kathleen Myer, Ann Vander Stoep,

February 25, 2015
Psychiatric News

Jesse Fann, MD, MPH, reflects on his experience with collaborative psychosocial oncology care. Dr. Fann says that more implementation and dissemination research needs to be done but the application of integrated Collaborative Care principles to cancer care has worked well because it compliments the foundations of oncology care. 

Wayne Katon, MD, passed away March 1, 2015 from lymphoma. Dr. Katon's original 1995 JAMA publication paved the way for the collaborative care model that is widely implemented in clinics today. The effectiveness of the model has since been tested in over 80 randomized controlled trials and has helped countless people receive better care.

January 30, 2015
The Commonwealth Fund Podcast

A podcast featuring a discussion by Jürgen Unützer, Pamela Rieley, and Deborah Bachrach about the challenges and benefits of integrating mental health care into primary care.  

January 27, 2015
Psychiatric News

Joseph Parks, MD, MPH explains how and why traditional processes need to change when integrating behavioral health care into an organization. Dr. Parks has led a statewide transformation of the health care delivery system in Missouri over the last ten years. In his experience, he describes five major process changes that need to happen in order to effectively integrate behavioral healthcare into primary care.

February 12, 2015
No Health without Mental Health

No Health without Mental Health asked Dr. Mark Williams, a physician with a specialty in psychiatry, about the experiences the Mayo Clinic had when implementing Collaborative Care into their primary care network. In 2007, Mayo integrated behavioral health through the Depression Improvement Across Minnesota, Offering a New Direction (DIAMOND) program. DIAMOND focuses on treating adult depression. By 2010, Mayo expanded the DIAMOND program to all of its primary care clinics.

November 19, 2014
Health Affairs Blog

This article discusses the quality measures that can impact how well an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) integrates behavioral health care.