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We at IBHP created this virtual library as a resource for those contemplating, planning, or operating treatment programs that integrate behavioral and medical services -- so clients don't have to go to one place for help with their body and another for their mind. We hope you'll find the rationales, evidence-based practices and tools you'll need to set up a successfully integrated program. We've also included a snapshot of policies and practices throughout the country to give you a feel for the national landscape. So pull up a chair and browse through our virtual shelves awhile.

IBHP is a team of consultants working for CCI and the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) as part of its Statewide Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Initiative.  CalMHSA is an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.  CalMHSA administers programs funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) on a statewide, regional and local basis. 


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Posted on 04/23/2013

The updated  PARTNERS IN HEALTH: MENTAL HEALTH, PRIMARY CARE AND SUBSTANCE USE INTER-AGENCY COLLABORATION TOOL KIT  has arrived!  The Kit, an update of the 2009 edition, was developed by the Integrated Behavioral Health Project (IBHP) and sponsored by the California Health Services Authority's (CalMHSA) Statewide Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Initiative.  

The 353 page Kit may seem a bit daunting at first, but the Table of Contents is interactive - and users can link directly to the sections they're interested in with just a click.  Designed to help primary care clinics and behavioral health agencies forge collaborative relationships, the Tool Kit provides job descriptions; sample agreements and contracts; screening instruments and evaluation measures; operational forms; strategies and prototypes for integrating mental and physical services; practical advice; issues to consider when brokering agreements; mutual role descriptions and much more. Though the focus is on California counties, much of the Tool Kit information can be generalized to other locales. Questions or comments about the Kit should be directed to Barbara Demming Lurie,


Posted on 10/07/2013

IBHP, this website host, has created a new electronic quick reference guide of screening instruments for behavioral health professionals in conjunction with CPCA and its Behavioral Health Network.  "Integrated Behavioral Health Screening Tools for Primary Care" is designed to provide hotlinks to screening tools and resources recommended for use in primary care.  Instruments are grouped by those relating to general health and welfare; pediatrics; mood and anxiety disorders; and substance use disorders, as well as other conditions.  Many of the forms have been translated into multiple languages.  To access an individual instrument, open the document on a computer or hand-held device, click on the blue type and review, download or print the tools and/or click the website link for more information.


Posted on 01/15/2014

Substance Abuse and Primary Care Services
To better understand the range of substance abuse services offered by experienced community clinics and health centers, the IBHP team reviewed statewide data, conducted a written survey of the highest volume health center substance abuse providers and visited five of the health centers, interviewing substance abuse directors and staff.  The following papers provide the case study highlights:

For more information, contact Alaina Dall or Jennifer Brya

Integrated Care Issue Briefs
The Integrated Behavioral Health Project (IBHP) team conducted a statewide needs assessment of integrated behavioral health and primary care trainings and activities in California, including interviews with over 150 key informants.  The interviewees' information and insights, as well as additional research conducted by the IBHP team, resulted in the following issue briefs:

For more information, contact Alaina Dall or Jennifer Brya

Other IBHP briefs:

 For more information, contact Jennifer Brya


Posted on 11/15/2013

Powerpoint presentations and a series of online courses affording CEUs are being made available by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs.  These resources stemmed from the 10th annual "Integrating Substance Use, Mental Health and Primary Care Services" conference these organizations, along with IBHP and others, co-sponsored in October, 2013. 

SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with, or at risk of developing substance use disorders.  Screening, brief intervention and referral take place at primary care centers, hospital emergency rooms, trauma centers, and other community settings, providing opportunities for early intervention with at-risk substance users before more severe consequences occur.  California's implementation of this program is called CASBIRT

SBIRT services became a Medi-Cal benefit beginning for alcohol use only (no drug related services) as of January 1, 2014.  Providers eligible to screen and provide brief intervention may be reimbursed for both the alcohol screening and for the brief interventions. SBIRT-related videos and webinars can be found on youtubeAdditional resources can be found on the Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS).

The California Department of Health Services is presenting a Substance Use Statewide Conference October 26-27, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in Orange County, California.
Save the Date:  IBHP, this website's host, is a co-sponsor of the 12th annual statewide conference "Integrating Substance Use, Mental Health and Primary Care Services" which will take place October 28-29th, 2015 at the Hilton, Universal City, CA.


Posted on 11/10/2014

(from Medscape): Starting in January 2015, physicians and other healthcare providers can start receiving a separate fee for chronic care management for seniors with multiple conditions delivered outside regular office visits, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced. CMS has established a payment rate of $40.39 for chronic care management that can be billed up to once a month per qualified patient. 

Also, effective retroactively for dates of service on or after January 1, 2014, psychology services rendered in a Rural Health Clinic (RHC) or Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) are not restricted to the two-visit per month limit for the following all-inclusive per visit codes: medical, per visit (01); crossover claims (02); licensed clinical social worker (11); psychologist (12); psychiatrist (13); managed care differential rate (18); and capitated Medicare Advantage plans.  

As proposed earlier this year, Medicare will also cover wellness and behavioral health telehealth visits.


Posted on 07/26/2013

With funding from CalMHSA, the Integrated Behavioral Health Program (IBHP, the creator of this webiste) is sponsoring a series of free training videos on various aspects of integrated care as part of a program hosted by the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Among the video topics, which can be accessed on, are the "Colorado Innovation Model - The Need for Payor Data"; "Atlas of Integrated Behavioral Health Care Quality Measures"; "The State of Health Care Policy"; "Integrating Your Practice: Key Building Blocks"; and "A Workforce for Integration".  


Posted on 04/28/2015

An integrated care decision flowchart, created by the Center for Integrated Health Solutions, walks providers through questions they should consider when integrating behavioral healthcare and provides resources to answer those questions.


Posted on 05/11/2015

InSHAPE is a wellness program designed to improve the physical health of persons with serious mental disorders.  The National Council is inviting sites to receive technical assistance and/or join a learning community about the program.  Webinars will be held May 14th and May 20th, 2015 at 11am Pacific Time.  Applications are due in by June 12th, 2015.