Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives Win Joint AHRQ Grant

(September, 2010) The Agency for Healthcare Research and Qualty (AHRQ) has awarded a $3.5 million, 3-year grant to the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) for a joint effort by PRHI, the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality, and the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement to improve screening and treatment for depression and substance abuse in primary care practices. The first two years of the project will be focused on Minnesota, Pittsburgh, and Wisconsin, where up to 90 primary care practices will be assisted to implement behavioral health screening and early intervention using the IMPACT and SBIRT models. NRHI will assist ICSI, PRHI, and WCHQ in addressing payment system barriers to implementation during this first phase. Then, in the third year, NRHI will identify a fourth Regional Health Improvement Collaborative to implement the initiative.