Behavioral Health Integration Initiative (BH2I)
The Behavioral Health Integration Initiative (BH2I) aims to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate behavioral health integration with primary care, community based settings, and/or nutrition, diabetes care, and chronic disease management with behavioral health. The purpose of the BH2I grant opportunity is to improve the physical and mental health status of people with behavioral health issues by developing an integrative, coordinated system of care between behavioral health and primary care providers.
Grants Awarded across Indian Country to Integrate Behavioral Health and Primary Care Health Systems
The IHS Office of Clinical and Preventive Services, Division of Behavioral Health, awarded 14 grants to Tribes, Tribal organizations, and Urban organizations. The purpose of the BH2I grant opportunity is to improve the physical and mental health status of American Indian and Alaska Native people with behavioral health issues by developing an integrative, coordinated system of care between behavioral health and primary care providers.
Read the list of 2022 BH2I Grant awardees [PDF - 167 KB].
SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) : CIHS is a national training and technical assistance center that promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services.
Integrated Care Models : Evidence, examples, and models supporting primary and behavioral healthcare integration
A Quick Start Guide to Behavioral Health Integration for Safety-Net Primary Care Providers [PDF - 2.2 MB] : A flowchart to walk you through some of the questions to consider when integrating behavioral health care and, most importantly, point you toward helpful resources that can answer those questions.
Screening Tools : Regular screenings in primary care and other healthcare settings enable earlier identification of mental health and substance abuse disorders, which translates into earlier care. Screenings should be provided to people of all ages, even the young and the elderly.
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) : Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies for the treatment of substance abuse disorders.
Motivational Interviewing : Motivational Interviewing is a clinical approach that helps people with mental health and substance use disorders.
SBIRT : Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs.
For more information about BH2I, please contact the DBH representative:
Division of Behavioral Health (DBH)
Office of Clinical and Preventive Services (OCPS)
Indian Health Service
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, Maryland 20851