Grants for Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced the availability of up to 32 Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) grants for community behavioral health organizations to establish coordinated and integrated services through the co-location of primary and specialty care medical services.
The goal of the PBHCI program is to improve the physical health status of adults with serious mental illnesses who have or are at risk for co-occurring physical health conditions and chronic diseases.
The program aims to:
improve the health of those with serious mental illnesses,
enhance consumers’ experience of care, and
reduce the cost of care.
Co-location of clinical services can be a valuable component of supportive housing strategies, strengthening networks for chronic homeless assistance, or helping build capacity for permanent supportive housing.