In 2017, DMH was one of three states awarded a Promoting Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care (PIPBHC) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). The project, named the Children’s Health Integration, Linkage, and Detection (CHILD) grant in Vermont, aims to:
1. Promote full integration and collaboration in clinical practice between primary care and mental health providers and organizations;
2. Support the enhancement of integrated care models for primary care and mental health care to improve the overall wellness and physical health status of children with or at risk for a serious emotional disturbance (SED) diagnosis; and
3. Promote and offer integrated care services related to screening, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental and substance use disorders, and co-occurring physical health conditions and chronic diseases.
In Vermont, the grant focuses on providing care, wellness promotion, and prevention activities to children and families by integrating care at the local Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and Designated Agency (DA). We will utilize lessons learned from the first two regions selected for the grant, Springfield and Franklin/Grand Isle counties, to inform the system of care for the state.