Promoting the Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care

April 19, 2022

As providers of medical, dental, and behavioral health services, community health centers understand the importance of integrating care to meet the holistic needs of patients. 

The power of leveraging partnerships between primary care and behavioral health organizations to meet these needs is evident in the Promoting the Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care (PIPBHC) project’s unique integrated care model. 

PIPBHC's goal is to improve primary and behavioral health outcomes for individuals with substance use disorders. The PIPBHC grant is implemented by the Iowa Department of Public Health and funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Mental Health Services. 

Using the care coordination model, team-based care is provided through co-located team members between the three participating community health centers and their community partner for behavioral health services:

  • Community Health Care, Inc. and Center for Alcohol and Drug Services
  • Primary Health Care and Prelude Behavioral Health Services
  • Siouxland Community Health Center and Rosecrance Jackson Centers

This partnership model helps extend the health center’s capacity and provide access for the the much-needed substance use services, thus eliminating the barriers pertaining to obtaining a facility licensure by the State.

You can learn more about the Year 3 success in this recently released infographic from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

If you'd like to learn more information or have questions, please reach out to Gagan Lamba, our Behavioral Health Consultant, at