Colorado works to integrate behavioral health care
By David Brendsel | Prevention Services Division
A small group of state employees, working with public and private partners statewide, has hit the ground running on the four-year effort to integrate behavioral and primary care across Colorado. Three months into the project, the State Innovation Model (SIM) Office has:
Named a steering committee and set up workgroups to research and help implement project components. The four main components are health information technology, practice transformation, payment reform and consumer-based population health improvements, known collectively as the Colorado Framework.
Developed a website to share information and resources.
Advanced relationships with health plans, hospitals, health care providers and other partners who will help guide and implement the Colorado Framework.
The Colorado SIM project is led by the Governor’s Office in collaboration with the University of Colorado and state departments of Health Care Policy and Financing, Human Services and Public Health and Environment. Nine health professionals work in the SIM Office, housed at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Glendale campus. ... more