Year 1 NCQA BH Distinction Readiness Collaborative Wraps Up; Year 2 Launches

  • 16 May 2022

As we move into the 2nd year of the UnitedHealthcare-funded Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) Learning Collaborative, CTC-RI would like to recognize the practices graduating out of the collaborative, as well as the practices joining for year 2.

The Year 1 Wrap Up meeting took place in April and showcased the work that the 11 Year 1 practices did to increase virtual IBH services and prepare to apply for NCQA BH Distinction. Some projects included developing workflows around anxiety or other BH screening, piloting groups for stress management, and piloting tools to be used during virtual BH appointments. You can learn more about the work that these practices did in the wrap-up slide deck.

The May kickoff for Year 2 included 5 new pediatric practices. At the meeting, practices were introduced to the project and had the chance to meet the other practices in the collaborative, along with CTC-RI team that will support the group.

IBH Practice Facilitator Liz Cantor, PhD will work with the pediatric practices and Kristin David, PsyD will work with the adult practices. Practices will also have access to module 5 of our virtual, self-paced, practice facilitator training series focused on sustainability within integrated care, created by Nelly Burdette, PsyD, CTC-RI IBH Senior Director. For a list of all of the practices—completing, continuing, and newly joining—in the learning collaborative, please see here.

CTC-RI is working to support RI practices to achieve NCQA BH Distinction as a gold standard of IBH delivery. As outlined in the 2021 OHIC Affordability Standards, IBH practices within the state will need to achieve NCQA BH Distinction in order to continue being recognized as a Qualifying Integrated BH Primary Care Practice.


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