221461 Integrating primary care into public mental health : Implementation lessons

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Jean Demmler, PhD , Heartland Network for Social Research, Denver, CO
This session comprises papers that describe the recent implementation of PRICARe Promoting Resources for Integrated Care and Recovery in Denver's public mental health system. Necessary to integration of services is the collaboration of primary care and mental health care partners. Funded by the Colorado Health Foundation, PRICARe is a collaborative project of Colorado Access (Denver's Behavioral Health Medicaid Contractor), the Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD) and the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver. This presentation focuses on the achievement and lessons learned in the implementation of this collaborative service delivery. The first paper describes the PRICARe model, an overview of the implementation process and its program characteristics as implemented. The following three papers present the specific challenges, accomplishments, and lessons learned from the collaborating perspectives. Subsequent to the descriptive papers from the perspectives of the evaluators and staff, discussants with the perspective of MHCD consumers who have participated in the integrated primary care will reflect on the presentations and provide their perceptions of how consumers have experienced this newly established model of integrated care. Abstract numbers: 221778, Demmler; 221591, Williams; 221694, Martin; and 221640, Clark.

Learning Areas:
Program planning
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify major challenges in the implementation of primary care into community mental health 2. Identify ways to facilitate successful implementation of integrated care

Keywords: Mental Health System, Primary Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the external evaluator for the implementation of the PRICARe project which is the focus of the presentation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.