Project Outcomes

NC Center of Excellence for Integrated Care

Year 1 Final Report to the NC Divisions of Medical Assistance and Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse, November 2011

The NC Center of Excellence for Integrated Care was established to advance the integration of primary health care and behavioral health care by providing training and technical assistance to four targeted groups: LMEs, newly designated CABHAs, hospital emergency departments, and non-CCNC primary care practices. When NC General Assembly eliminated funding for The Health & Wellness Trust Fund in June, 2011, this contract lost its funding and DMA match. Despite its short duration, findings are reported here for each target group.

The ICARE Project

This three-phase demonstration project was successful in establishing practice approaches and procedures to increase collaboration and integrated care for behavioral health practitioners in a variety of medical practice settings. Overall, practitioners and patients reported improved access to care, perceived improvements in communications among community providers, and increased awareness of the role of the LMEs in coordinating screening, triage and referral to treatment.

Read a complete description of project outcomes:
ICARE Outcomes, Phases I and II
ICARE Outcomes, Phase III
Final Evaluation Report on the ICARE Integration Pilot Sites by the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC Chapel Hill