Models of Care

                                  

In May 2013, the John A. Hartford Foundation awarded grants totaling $1.94 million to improve depression care at five non-profit community health clinics in the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) region. The awards will help the clinics implement Project IMPACT (Improving Mood – Promoting Access to Collaborative Care), an evidence-based depression care model offered by the University of Washington, which doubles the benefits of usual depression treatment.  The awards are made possible with funding from a two-year Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to the Hartford Foundation in 2012.

The funds will go to non-profit community primary care organizations in rural areas which are either medically underserved or face a health professional shortage. The organizations receiving grants are:

  • The Community Health Center of Central Wyoming in Casper, Wyoming, the oldest and largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in the state. In 2012, Wyoming had the nation’s highest suicide rate and the entire state is considered a mental health professional shortage area. Award amount: $314,000 for the first two years.
  • Mat-Su Health Services of Wasilla, Alaska. Mat-Su opened its doors in 1977 and became a Community Health Center in 2005. Award amount: $465,000 for the first two years.
  • Partnership Health Center in Missoula, Montana. PHC has provided health care services to the medically underserved for over 21 years. Award amount: $488,000 for the first two years.
  • Peninsula Community Health Services in Bremerton, Washington, which has used an integrated care approach to mental health in primary care since 2002. Award amount: $320,000 for the first two years.
  • Valley View Health Center in Chehalis, Washington. VVHC has been providing integrated behavioral health services since 2009. Patients served will include a group considered “high utilizers” - individuals who frequently end up in the criminal justice system or local emergency rooms due to untreated mental health and addiction issues. Award amount: $350,000 for the first two years.

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Hartford SIF Project Background

The John A. Hartford Foundation has received a multi-year, multi-million dollar Social Innovation Fund award to help primary care community health clinics implement a program to improve depression care in medically underserved rural communities in the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) region. The Social Innovation Fund, an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, will help the Hartford Foundation spread the IMPACT model of depression care, in partnership with the University of Washington's Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions (AIMS) Center.