Minnesota's Integrative Behavioral Health (IBH) Project: Year Three Hospitals Selected

January 2018
Rural Health Innovations (RHI)

The Integrative Behavioral Health (IBH) Project, funded by the MN Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (MDH ORHPC) and administered by Rural Health Innovations (RHI), is pleased to congratulate four new Minnesota critical access hospitals (CAHs) chosen for year three of the project. This project supports hospitals and communities with technical assistance to aid in improving health by increasing communication, partnership and collaboration between CAHs, behavioral/mental health providers and other community partners. Since 2015, RHI has worked with 14 of Minnesota's CAHs and their communities.

“The overall experience was incredibly interesting, educational, and game-changing. The process was extremely well organized and the methodical way of keeping us on task, always being supportive and an excellent resource, made for a very productive project. I highly recommend any hospital that wants to take their Behavioral Health program to a higher level to apply for this grant,” says Jan Carr-Herseth, Director of Social Services & Behavioral Health at Life Care Medical Center in Roseau, MN (year one hospital).

2017-2018 Selected Hospitals

  • Swift County Benson Health Services
  • Granite Falls Health Hospital
  • Ridgeview LeSuer Medical Center
  • Cloquet Community Memorial Hospital 

About IBH

In September 2015, RHI was awarded a grant from the MDH ORHPC to provide direct, customizable technical assistance for the purpose of identifying evidenced-based practices, lessons learned and key tactics needed to successfully integrate behavioral health services organizationally and operationally. This was in response to Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) findings that a trend across Minnesota is the need for better integration for the patient who had a behavioral health diagnosis and their primary care health.

This project was supported by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H54RH00023. The information, conclusions and opinions expressed in this document are those of the authors and no endorsement by FORHP, HRSA or HHS is intended or should be inferred.