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Lessons from Primary Care and Behavioral Health Integration Grantmaking

Post date: 
August 1st, 2016
Article Type: 
AGM Member News
Article Topic: 
Health

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation (Foundation) is pleased to release an evaluation of year one of its Fostering Effective Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care in Massachusetts grant program.

Through this program, the Foundation supported 10 primary care and behavioral health organizations in augmenting their existing integration programs and strengthening their data collection infrastructures, and partnered with John Snow, Inc. (JSI) to conduct an evaluation and inform a subsequent, longer-term Foundation investment in integrated care.

Several lessons were learned by evaluating the work of the Foundation's year one grantees. Written by JSI, the Fostering Effective Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care in Massachusetts, Year One Report includes findings related to:

  • how grantees defined "success" for their integration efforts
  • grantee perceptions of the critical components of effective integration programs
  • common barriers to integration
  • measures grantees used to assess programs

Last December, the Foundation launched phase two of Fostering Effective Integration to better understand the effects of integrated services on access to care and clinical outcomes, as well as to document the programmatic costs of integrated services. Lessons learned will help the Foundation, as well as the provider community, policymakers, and other funders, to advance access to primary care and behavioral health services for low-income and vulnerable populations across the Commonwealth. 

Click here to read the evaluation report

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