Maine Health Access Foundation – Cross-Site Evaluation of Integrated Primary Care/Behavioral Health

Dates: 2009-2013

State: Maine

Client(s): Maine Health Access Foundation

Services: Applied Research & Evaluation, Training & Technical Assistance, Health Systems Transformation

Technical Expertise: Behavioral Health, Integrated Care Models, Primary Care


From 2008-2013, JSI was contracted by the Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) to evaluate clinical implementation of primary care and behavioral health integration. Twenty-four grantees were awarded three-year grants to implement coordinated care across their 67 service sites.

JSI used a mixed methods evaluation design to assess the reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation, and maintenance (sustainability) (RE-AIM framework) of these programs. A minimum common data set consisting of client demographic, utilization, and process data were collected from each grantee. Grantees self-selected an outcome indicator that was also tracked during the evaluation period. In-depth site visits to each grantee included multiple key-informant interviews and, in many cases, interviews with patients accessing integrated services.

In addition to reporting on findings, the JSI team completed two case studies on two grantees that were implementing innovative integration practices; a paper on case/care management in integrated settings; and a paper on integration moving forward. JSI and MeHAF jointly published a case study on integration for an organizational management text book. Results were also disseminated through presentations to in- and out-of-state stakeholders and interested parties through MeHAF’s blog, and publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

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