Integration Grant Program

Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration grants seek to improve the physical health status of adults with serious mental illnesses (SMI) who have or are at risk for co-occurring primary care conditions and chronic diseases, with the objective of supporting the triple aim of improving the health of those with SMI; enhancing the consumer’s experience of care (including quality, access, and reliability); and reducing/controlling the per capita cost of care.

Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Program

SAMHSA developed the Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) Program to help communities coordinate and integrate primary care services into publicly funded, community-based behavioral health settings.

PBHCI Grants Benefits

Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Grants are to support programs to prevent and reduce chronic disease while promoting wellness. Treating behavioral health needs with other health conditions allows grantees to do the following:

  • Provide on site primary care services
  • Facilitate medically necessary referrals
  • Coordinate and provide access to health care services (including eye, ear, and dental care when appropriate) informed by evidence-based clinical practice guidelines
  • Coordinate and provide access to chronic disease management, including self-management support to individuals and their families
  • Develop a person-centered care plan for each individual that coordinates and integrates all of his or her clinical and non-clinical health-care related needs and services
  • Coordinate and provide access to individual and family supports, including referral to community, social support, and recovery services
  • Provide comprehensive care management, care coordination, and transitional care across settings. Transitional care includes appropriate follow-up from inpatient to other settings, such as participation in discharge planning
  • Establish a continuous quality improvement program, and collect and report on data that permits an evaluation of increased coordination of care and chronic disease management on individual-level clinical outcomes, experience of care outcomes, and quality of care outcomes at the population level
  • Coordinate and provide access to preventive and health promotion services
  • Use health information technology to link services, facilitate communication among team members and between the health team and individual and family caregivers, and provide feedback to practices
  • Coordinate and provide access to long-term care supports and services

Funded Services

SAMHSA-funded integrated care services include:

  • Screening, assessment, and treatment in a community-based behavioral health agency
  • Primary care services and referral to specialty care
  • Preventive and Health Promotion Services
  • Health information technology supports
  • Referral and follow-up processes for specialized services beyond primary care
  • A registry tracking system to follow primary health care needs and outcomes

PBHCI Grants Application Process

Submit all grant applications electronically through

Last Updated: 07/24/2014