Sustaining integrated care over time is a significant concern for most providers of behavioral health and primary care services. Sustainability requires organizations to imbed both organizational practices and expectations for integrated care in the fiber of its operations and to maximize every possible revenue source. This section offers tools and resources for developing sustainability plans for your organization.
Check out the eSolutions article: Sustainability: Making Integrated Care Stick and learn more about the key components of sustainability and planning.
The CIHS webinar, How Are They Doing It? Best Practices in Sustaining On-Site Training of Behavioral Health Clinicians viewed training and education from three perspectives – community provider, federal agency and area health education center (AHEC) – on everything from building community relationships for education and training to providing orientation programs for students and trainees and matching trainees with field sites. The webinar shared how these programs develop protocols for how to effectively provide field placements, including accounting for mentor time, effectively dealing with the business costs of intern positions for health care provider organizations (field placements), and addressing the need to provide services while training interns.
Presenters: Meseret Bezuneh, M.S.Ed., Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, Helene Silverblatt, MD, Director, New Mexico AHEC (University of New Mexico), Parinda Khatri, PhD, Chief Clinical Officer, Cherokee Health Systems
The Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Sustainability Checklist from CIHS lists many of the most important elements of your clinical organization that need to change to support integration in your clinic. It is used to identify the work that must be done to accomplish integration. This is the “what” in “what are we trying to accomplish.”
Sustainability Strategies for Integrated Health, is a webinar presentation that provides an overview of areas to consider for sustainability, person-centered healthcare homes, Accountable Care Organizations, and sustainability strategies – examples from the field.
The Program Sustainability Assessment Tool is a 40 item self-assessment from the Center for Public Health Systems Science at Washington University in St. Louis that program staff and stakeholders can take to evaluate the sustainability capacity of a program. When you take the assessment online you will receive an automated summary report of your overall sustainability. You can use these results to engage in sustainability planning.
- CIHS interviewed and surveyed 19 alumni about their ability to sustain primary care, care coordination, wellness services and peer support after the grant to create the sustainability report: Sustaining Integrated Services Report - Lessons Learned from PBHCI Alumni. The report highlights themes that emerged during the alumni engagement about lessons learned in sustaining PBHCI. Grantee alumni and CIHS recommend using the PBHCI Sustainability Checklist and other resources while planning your sustainability activities.