The Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) proposes to implement the Louisiana Promoting Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care (LaPIPBHC) Program to promote the integration of primary and behavioral health care services. The overall goal of the LaPIPBHC Program is to provide a coordinate, comprehensive approach improve the overall wellness and status of adults with co-occurring mental illness and physical health conditions or chronic diseases, and individuals with a substance use disorder through improved health care delivery.
The priority populations to be served by this grant are: (1) adults with mental illness who have co-occurring physical health conditions or chronic diseases and (2) individuals with a substance use disorder. The objectives are to 1) develop an integration team consisting of qualified community health programs, community health centers, family, youth, peers, and other consumer organizations to obtain guidance and feedback for quality improvement, sustainability, and scalability of increased access to health care services; 2) enhance integrated primary and behavioral health care services provided by four qualified community health programs (behavioral health centers) or community health centers (FQHCs); 3) provide integrated primary and behavioral health care services to 29,217 adults with co-occurring mental illness and physical health conditions or individuals with a substance use disorder (5,301 in Year 1, 5,602 in Year 2, 5,904 in Year 3, 6,105 in Year 4, and 6,305 in Year 5); 4) increase the number of policy changes completed as a result of coordinated, integrated care to four; 5) increase the number of qualified community health programs or community health centers that have implemented evidence-based practices/activities by four; and 6) provide screening, referral and treatment for mental health and substance abuse to 29,217 individuals.
In order to achieve these objectives, OBH has identified four selected provider organizations, designated as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) or community mental health centers. Each selected provider organization has identified a partner provider organization, also designated as FQHCs or community mental health centers, to provide integrated services. Each selected provider organization has identified Evidence-Based Practice(s) (EBPs) to address physical and behavioral health conditions, including substance use disorder.
OBH will monitor the provider organizations’ performance through data collection and evaluation, conducted by the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI).
This coordinated, comprehensive approach to integrated care will help to improve the overall wellness and physical health status of adults with co-occurring mental illness and physical health conditions or chronic diseases and individuals with substance use disorders.