What is SIM?

 

The Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) is a governor’s office initiative that is helping primary care practice sites integrate behavioral and physical health in primary care settings and learn how to succeed with alternative payment models. SIM is funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and was created in December, 2014, when Colorado was awarded up to $65 million in the form of a cooperative agreement to implement and test its proposal.

The overarching goal of Colorado SIM is to improve the health of Coloradans by increasing access to integrated physical and behavioral healthcare services in coordinated community systems, with value-based payment structures, for 80 percent of state residents by 2019. There is strong evidence that treating physical health, mental health and substance use disorders together reduces or avoids unnecessary health care costs and addresses the ever-increasing burden of chronic disease. 

The SIM initiative will work with 25% of the state's primary care practice sites and four community mental health centers during its four-year time frame, which ends in July 2019. See an interactive map of all SIM practices: www.co.gov/healthinnovation/sim-data-hub.