Program Description

The NEPQR-IPCP: BHI program aims to expand the evidence-based practice of integrating behavioral health providers into nurse-led primary care teams, in order to increase access to care, enhance care coordination, and improve patient outcomes in vulnerable and/or underserved community-based settings.

General Program Requirements

NEPQR-IPCP: BHI recipients will increase access to quality behavioral health care by delivering team-based, integrated primary care and behavioral health services in community-based settings.

All applicants are required to:

  • Practice interprofessional, integrated care in a primary care setting. The primary care provider must be an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN);
  • Expand an existing nurse-led primary care team with the addition of at least one onsite full-time equivalent (FTE) licensed behavioral health provider. The integrated team must include a primary care provider (APRN), behavioral health provider, care coordinator, and consulting psychiatric provider;
  • Describe their current level of behavioral health integration (using the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions six-level framework) and forecast how they will progress to higher levels of health care integration;
  • Propose an efficient plan to identify and treat behavioral health problems in the primary care setting. Use of the following evidence-based tools are required:
    • Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) approach - to identify patients for unhealthy alcohol and substance use; and
    • Improving Mood-Promoting Access to Collaborative Treatment (IMPACT) approach - to identify patients for depression;
  • Propose an innovative plan for achieving increased access to behavioral health services including a detailed description of how SBIRT and IMPACT will be implemented into the primary care setting;
  • Utilize an interoperative health IT system that enables the exchange of primary care and behavioral health clinical data to assess patient and project outcomes and ensure accountable care, and allows practitioners to utilize a common set of patient records that are constantly updated and available to each member of the provider team in real time;
  • Describe a rapid cycle quality improvement (RCQI) method that identifies, implements, and measures changes made to improve the project's performance;
  • And meet other program requirements as specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

For more information about all this and other potential HRSA funding opportunities, please visit the HRSA Open Opportunities page.

Program Contact Information

Kirk Koyama
Nurse Consultant
KKoyama@hrsa.gov
301-443-4926

Additional Information

Length of Program2 years
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Non-Tribal Entities
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes
Type of Assistance ProvidedCooperative Agreement
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number93.359
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo

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