Facilitation of Meeting on Integrated Behavioral Health

Dates: 2013

State: Colorado

Client(s): Clinica Campesina

Service: Training & Technical Assistance

Technical Expertise: Health Care Reform, Patient Safety

Clinical providers, and especially those that care for safety net populations, are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of integrating mental and physical health care in order to achieve better health care outcomes. To address this issue, Clinica Family Health Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving northern metro Denver, organized a meeting among metro Denver's FQHCs, Behavioral Health Organizations and Community Mental Health Centers to explore issues and challenges around the integration of physical and behavioral health services in an FQHC setting.

Clinica Family Health Services contracted with JSI to aid in the development of a meeting agenda and approach, as well as to facilitate the meeting. During the meeting, JSI assisted stakeholders in identifying barriers to successful and viable integration and in discussing next steps to overcome these barriers.

The meeting participants agreed that successful integration required both policy and regulation changes at the state level and that preliminary work with Colorado's Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (the state department that oversees Medicaid) was warranted. The participants agreed to jointly approach the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing regarding potential system changes and funding sources to address the identified barriers.