Minnesota Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) Program
The Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) Program is supported through a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care as part of their Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program, to provide direct, customizable technical assistance for the purpose of identifying evidenced-based practices, lessons learned and key tactics needed to successfully coordinate behavioral health services organizationally and operationally.
The creation of the IBH Program was in response to Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) findings across Minnesota and the identified need to integrate behavioral health resources between patients and primary care for care coordination. The IBH Program began in 2015, providing technical assistance to three cohorts of hospitals each year in 13 communities around Minnesota.
Addressing the Top Roadblock: Stigma
In 2017, a need emerged to address the number one roadblock to the coordination of behavioral health care identified in each IBH community: the societal stigma of mental health. Six hospitals from Wilderness Health are participating in the IBH Stigma Project, with a vision to create healthy communities where there is no stigma of mental illness.