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  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities— There is a new area in the Populations section for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities course material. You will find reports that use the National Core Indicator and state data to understand the health status, living arrangements, employment, and the importance of relationships for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities served by the Michigan public mental health system.


The Michigan Integrated Health Learning Community 

Over the past few months, there have been high level discussions at the state and local levels about transforming the way in which behavioral health services are to be provided and funded. Throughout these discussions, the need for “integration of behavioral and physical healthcare” is identified as the rationale for reconstruction of the current delivery system. 

Since 2013, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has funded the Michigan Integrated Health Learning Community, which includes large, topic focused group meetings, webinars, and coaching calls with national integrated health consultants. Over 600 professionals from over 100 agencies that include community mental health agencies, substance abuse provider agencies, private mental health providers, and healthcare plans have participated in the learning community activities. The array of integrated health activities currently being provided demonstrates that Michigan behavioral health providers have embraced integrated care as a part of what agencies do to enhance recovery and resiliency.  

Activities include:

  • Partnerships with community health providers, including Federally Qualified Health Clinics and primary care clinics to expedite access to primary care and behavioral health services.
  • Primary care services provided onsite at community mental health and provider agencies.
  • Embedded behavioral health clinicians in primary care to provide mental health and substance use screenings and brief treatment. 
  • Emergency department diversion programs to support accessing healthcare in the most effective setting.
  • Wellness programming that includes smoking cessation, stress reduction, healthy eating and physical activity.
  • Tracking health outcomes through the collection of physical health data use of CareConnect360.

In 2016, the Integrated Health Learning Community is providing ongoing basic integrated health learning opportunities, but also offered an advanced learning curriculum for 14 agencies demonstrating a higher level of expertise in providing integrated care utilizing the onsite primary care model or the embedded clinician model. The curriculum is focusing on efficient and effective workflows, demonstrating outcomes and enhancing community partnerships.    

The evaluation of the learning communities, as conducted by the University of Michigan, indicates that the Integrated Health Learning Community model has been highly effective in enhancing expertise in integrated health with over 80% of all attendees indicating a readiness to move forward in implementing integration as an integral method of providing behavioral healthcare.

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