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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

With funding from CalMHSA, IBHP (Integrated Behavioral Health Project - this website's host) has developed several briefs examining different facets of integrated care:
1) "Advancing Clinical Information Systems to Support Care Coordination and Improved Outcomes for Individuals with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders";
2) "An Update on Integrated Primary Care and Behavioral Health Services in California Community Clinics and Health Centers";
3) "Peer Models and Usage in California Behavioral Health and Primary Care Settings";
4) "An Update on Integrated Behavioral Health Projects in California Counties;" 
5) "Stigma and Attitudes Toward Working in Integrated Care"; 
6) "Health Reform and Transformation of the Delivery of Care";  
7) "Training Needs in Integrated Care
8) "Care Coordination for Persons with Complex Mental Health, Substance Use and Medical Conditions: the Case for Providers"
9)  "Care Coordination for Persons with Complex Mental Health, Substance Use and Medical Conditions: the Case for  Health Plans and Other Payers"
10)  Funding Substance Abuse Treatment in Primary Care
11) Case Study Highlights: Substance Abuse Treatment Fact Sheet
12) Summary of Findings: the Second Annual California Innovations Summit on Integrated Care, July 2014
13) Community Clinic and Health Center Case Study Highlights: Integrating Substance Abuse Treatment Staff and Reducing Stigma in Community Clinics and Health Centers 
14) Addition of Peer Support Workers to Improve Patient Outcomes and Reduce Costs

 For more information, contact Alaina Dall ( or 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). 

Free four-hour training for health and mental health professionals is being offered throughout California from October, 2014 to March, 2015.


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 12/23/2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services, is awarding $40.9 million in grant frunding for  Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration for fiscal year 2015.   The purpose is to establish projects for the provision of coordinated and integrated services through the co-location of primary and specialty care medical services in community-based behavioral health settings.  The goal is to improve the physical health status of adults with serious mental illnesses  and those with co-occurring substance use disorders who have or are at risk for co-morbid primary care conditions and chronic diseases. Applications are due February 27, 2015.


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 11/12/2014

The Archstone Foundation has announced the release of Care Partners: Bridging Families, Clinics and Communities to Advance Late Life Depression Care Requests for Proposals (RFP's).  AIMS Center and UC Davis will be spearheading this initiative, which will be open to California non-profit primary care clinics and community-based organizations.  Webinars about the RFP's will be held November 17th, 2014 and January 16, 2015. Letter of interest are due January 16th.  For more information, click here.