Statewide Integrated Care Projects
Statewide Integrated Care Models

Integrated care is not a new idea in North Carolina.  A number of exciting projects across North Carolina were dedicated to testing effective models of collaboration between primary care and MH/DD/SAS providers.  The ICARE Partnership was committed to helping further our understanding of these approaches by sharing information about projects.  In doing so, we hoped to encourage synergy among ongoing efforts. Below are some of the models from which we learned:   

ICARE Local Model Development Project - Four NC Communities

The ICARE Local Model Development Project sought to improve access to and quality of behavioral health care services by facilitating the development of community health care systems that were integrated and coordinated between behavioral and medical providers.  These coordinated systems of care provide services and make referrals at the most appropriate provider setting and with the most appropriate case management support. 

The Integrated Care Project - Western North Carolina

Following several community assessment and planning efforts, Mountain Area Health Education Center began The Integrated Care Project at the Buncombe County Health Center through a grant from the Duke Endowment.

Mental Health Integration Pilots - CCNC Networks

As a result of efforts in mental health reform and changes in the local service delivery infrastructure, four CCNC networks working in concert with their local management entities (LMEs) began piloting (in July 2005) a collaborative approach to managing Medicaid enrollees who have both behavioral and physical health needs and serving them in the most appropriate setting.

Primary Care - Children's Mental Health Initative - Central North Carolina

The Primary Care-Children's Mental Health Initiative, led by professionals at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine served Forsyth, Davie, and Stokes counties. Funded by the Duke Endowment, the initiative established co-located models of care that involved placement of mental health professionals into primary care practices. Lessons learned from this initiative were published in the June 2006 issue of Clinical Pediatrics.  For more information, contact Jane M. Foy, MD.