Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Workforce Development

Grant Title: Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Workforce Development: Field Training Experience in a Missoula FQHC

Faculty Principle Investigator(s): Jennifer Robohm, PhD

Funding Organization: Montana Healthcare Foundation

Funding Amount: $44,821.00

Duration of Grant: 2016-2018

The University of Montana Department of Psychology, in partnership with Partnership Health Center (PHC) of Missoula and the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana (FMRWM) developed a field placement experience for behavioral health graduate students to address critical workforce development needs in Montana. The over-arching goal of the project was to provide an initial, structured, "hands-on" training experience for students interested in learning how to provide integrated behavioral health (IBH) services, while simultaneously addressing key health needs (including managing chronic pain and promoting health behavior change) in PHC's underserved and "at risk" patient population. The field placement familiarized behavioral health students with the primary care setting and FQHC patient population, created opportunities for them to provide integrated behavioral health services under close clinical supervision, and offered interprofessional education (IPE) opportunities among trainees in behavioral health, family medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, and social work. Grant outcomes included: (1) improved critical health outcomes for PHC patients, (2) expanded PHC IBH offerings, (3) increased IBH training opportunities (to promote workforce development in this area), and (3) enhanced resident physician competence in collaborating with behavioral health professionals to address critical health needs.