Collaborative Mental Health Care in NM Primary Care Clinics

In December 2017, The Woman’s Board designated $700,000 to the Study of the Implementation of Collaborative Mental Health Care in Northwestern’s thirteen primary care clinics in Chicago. This project, led by John G. Csernansky, MD, Chair of the Stone Institute of Psychiatry and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, utilizes implementation science to study the success factors in the ongoing process of embedding access to mental health care professionals within the primary care setting. This project will ensure that the implementation of collaborative care within NM primary care clinics is carried out in a way that optimally benefits our patients and improves the clinics’ efficiency and effectiveness. Also, the project will allow us to educate the healthcare workforce across the entire NM system on the principles of collaborative care and implementation science. Because the primary care clinics of our central region are a microcosm of the national urban/suburban health care landscape, the generalizable knowledge gained by this project would represent a vanguard experiment usable by other academic health systems across the nation.