Integrated Behavior Health Project

Primary Care, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Collaboration

Integrated Behavioral Health Project (IBHP) is an initiative to accelerate the integration of behavioral health services and primary care in California. Goal of this project is to identify and elevate program elements, strategies, and treatment approaches leading to successful integration of mental and physical care. IBHP is working in collaboration with California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) and other partners as part of its Statewide Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Initiative.

CalMHSA is an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

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The California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA): This is an Independent Administrative and Fiscal Governments Agency focused on the efficient delivery of California Mental Health Projects.

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Role of IBHP


IBHP has funded nine initial demonstration project, seven based in primary care clinics and two in regional consortia to see what components of integrated care correlate with successful results. In Phase II, IBHP awarded 16 grants to primary care clinics and clinic consortia to foster innovative projects that not only further their own integrated care programs, but offer the possibility of becoming a best practice to be replicated by others (IBHP, 2007).

Learning Community

To build professional skills, disseminate promising practices and encourage cross-fertilization of ideas and strategies, IBHP established on-going in-person, web-based and telephone conferences for our grantees.

Mentoring Program

IBHP partnered Learner clinic grantees with more seasoned clinics available to furnish technical assistance and advice.

Web Site:

IBHP website, is a hub of strategies, tools, research, policy issues and other relevant information to advance the integrated behavioral health field.

Web-Based Training

In concert with the California Primary Care Association, and with The California Institute for Mental Health (CiMH) IBHP put on several free webcast series exploring various facets of integrated care for both primary care and mental health providers and administrators.

Tool Kit:

IBHP developed Partners in Health: Primary Care / Mental Health Collaboration Tool Kit synthesizing advice, models, forms and other practical material to advance interface between the primary care and mental health systems.

Research and Data Collection

In conjunction with our grantees, IBHP gathered process and outcome data to provide a better understanding of the levels, approaches and effectiveness of individual integrated care models.


IBHP has worked with several key organizations to effect system changes needed to reduce the barriers to effective integrated behavioral health care. Among other projects, we partnered with the California Institute of Mental Health to launch the Integrated Policy Initiative (IPI). One result of that effort is the California Primary Care, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Initiative report, the product of several discussions between county and state mental health and health leaders to enhance collaborative care in California.


Integrated Behavioral Health Project. (2007). Who are we and what are we doing? Retrieved, March 15, 2015, from