For more than eight years, the AIMS Center has helped clinicians and health care organizations around the world implement Collaborative Care. We've trained over 5,500 clinicians and have provided support to more than 600 clinics, large and small. These experiences have taught us a lot about the best way to plan and implement an integrated mental health care program.
This section offers an overview of the implementation process as well as resources many clinicians have found helpful in shifting to Collborative Care. They can guide you through an entire initiative or provide directed information on a particular topic. Click on the links below or in the navigation menu to the left to view a specific section.
Taking a step by step approach to implementing Collaborative Care can help the process feel less overwhelming. Learn about the first four steps and use our resources to get you started.
Collaborative Care usually requires additional team members, most of whom will have to function in new ways. Building a cohesive team is crucial for your implementation.
Measurement-based care is a key component of Collaborative Care. This section includes a variety of widely accepted measures for common behavioral health conditions, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and PTSD.
The tools available in this section include descriptions and handouts for the following:
Communicating with Providers and Patients
Supporting Medication Therapy
Tracking is one of the key components of effective integrated care programs and is essential in ensuring your stated goals are being met.
The AIMS Center believes patients have a right to be well-informed about their conditions and care. View some resources that can you help you talk to your patients about mental illness.
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2Committee on Quality of Health Care in America, Institute of Medicine. Crossing the quality chasm: a new health system for the 21st century. Washington, DC: National Academy Press; 2001.