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Depression and alcohol use disorder are common behavioral health conditions in adults, yet they are often under-identified in primary care settings.

Additionally, challenges in effective care coordination for these and other behavioral health conditions contribute to high hospital readmission rates and problems with treatment adherence.

We are determined to change this, but we need your help to do it.

atom Alliance is actively seeking to partner with primary care providers (PCPs) and inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPFs).


What We’ll Accompish

  • Increase the identification in primary care settings of adults with depression or alcohol use disorder
  • Reduce the 30-day readmission rate
  • Increase outpatient follow-up for psychiatric discharges

How We’ll Accomplish It

atom Alliance will

  • Provide technical assistance and targeted training to primary care providers, inpatient psychiatric facilities and associated providers and communities
  • Monitor and evaluate the success of assistance and interventions
  • Invite and involve providers and patients in Learning and Action Networks (LANs)
  • Engage with organizations, agencies and other entities working to advance the same goals

Providers will strive to

  • Successfully transmit discharge information to follow-up practitioners
  • Follow-up with patients through visits or calls
  • Communicate with the next level practitioner to confirm discharge plan and maintenance of follow-up appointment
  • Actively engage and educate patients, families and caregivers in discharge planning and treatment goals
  • Monitor performance and continuously improve

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CMS Equity Plan
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Advancing Behavioral Health Screening and Improving Care Coordination
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Routine Screening for Depression, Alcohol Problems, and Domestic Violence
Offers evidence-based tools to assist family physicians in improving their decision-making at the point of care by addressing the following clinical question: How can physicians most effectively screen their patients for depression, alcohol use disorders, and domestic violence?”
Hospitalizations Involving Mental and Substance Use Disorders Among Adults, 2012
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation
National Institute of Mental Health
Strives to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery and cure
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council)
A unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addictions treatment organizations
Suicide Safe
Free SAMHSA suicide prevention app for mobile devices and optimized for tablets to help providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice and address suicide risk among their patients
SAMHSA Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT)
A national substance abuse prevention training and technical assistance system dedicated to strengthening prevention systems and the nation’s behavioral health workforce
SAMHSA Co-Occurring Disorders
Shows co-occurring disorders offers related screening, training, statistics and more.
Treatment of Depression in Older Adults Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) Kit
Offers information about an array of evidence-based practices for treatment and services to improve outcomes for older adults with depression, including dysthymia. Considers planning, implementation, and maintenance.
NAMI Fact Sheet Library
Fact sheets providing clear, concise information on mental health topics
A Guide to Substance Abuse Services for Primary Care Clinicians
Helps physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and advanced practice nurses (nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists) screen their patients for substance use disorders, conduct brief interventions for patients in the early stages of problem development and refer more severely affected patients for in-depth assessment and treatment
A Primary Care Approach to Substance Misuse
Offers an effective approach to office-based treatment, including a framework for identifying and managing substance use disorders and specific strategies to promote behavior change
American Academy of Family Physicians Screening Instruments for Depression
Provides a variety of screening instruments for depression
Screening Tools for Depression in Primary Care
The effects of culture, gender, and somatic symptoms on the detection of depression
Screening for Depression in Adults and Older Adults in Primary Care: An Updated Systematic Review
Updates the evidence for the benefits and harms of screening primary care patients for depression in order to initiate or modify treatment aimed at providing relief from depression
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Academy for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care
Functions as both a coordinating center and a national resource for people committed to delivering comprehensive, integrated healthcare
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
Serves as leading innovator, convener, partner and driver of results in health and health care improvement worldwide
Center for Integrated Primary Care
Offers training for integrated care teams through the University of Massachusetts Medical School
Care Transitions Interventions in Mental Health
Provides a review of intervention models for facilitating care transitions from inpatient to outpatient psychiatric care

Key Substance Use and  Mental Health Indicators in the United States:  Results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

 

GET CONNECTED: Linking Older Adults with Resources on Medication, Alcohol, and Mental Health (Toolkit)

 

Train the Trainer Manual
Train the Trainer Manual

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What Is Depression
What Is Depression

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Do What You Use to Enjoy to Help Depression
Do What You Use to Enjoy to Help Depression

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FAQs: Antidepressants
FAQs: Antidepressants

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Medicare Screening Codes Related to Behavioral Health
Medicare Screening Codes Related to Behavioral Health

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Behavioral Health Scoring and Billing
Behavioral Health Scoring and Billing

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AUDIT Manual (WHO)
AUDIT Manual (WHO)

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AUDIT Manual (WHO) - Spanish
AUDIT Manual (WHO) - Spanish

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154.31 KB | Last Updated: March 10, 2016

Advancing Behavioral Health Screening and Improving Care Coordination
Advancing Behavioral Health Screening and Improving Care Coordination

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3.11 MB | Last Updated: January 31, 2018

PHQ Audit Scoring
PHQ Audit Scoring

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139.46 KB | Last Updated: January 31, 2018

Behavioral Health Screening Tools
Behavioral Health Screening Tools

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336.65 KB | Last Updated: January 31, 2018

Motivational Interviewing in Primary Care
Motivational Interviewing in Primary Care

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What You Can Do for Depression
What You Can Do for Depression

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Enhancing Behavioral Health Interventions in Primary Care
Enhancing Behavioral Health Interventions in Primary Care

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Enhancing Behavioral Health Interventions in Inpatient-Psychiatric Facilities
Enhancing Behavioral Health Interventions in Inpatient-Psychiatric Facilities
Enhancing Behavioral Health Infographic
Enhancing Behavioral Health Infographic

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Promoting Effective Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease
Promoting Effective Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease

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2.28 MB | Last Updated: September 24, 2015

Screening in Primary Care
Screening in Primary Care

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Audit-C
Audit-C

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ICSI Adult Depression in Primary Care Guideline
ICSI Adult Depression in Primary Care Guideline

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2.76 MB | Last Updated: September 10, 2015

The Economics of Behavioral Health Services in Medical Settings: A Summary of the Evidence
The Economics of Behavioral Health Services in Medical Settings: A Summary of the Evidence
Patient Health Questionnaire-2 (PHQ-2)
Patient Health Questionnaire-2 (PHQ-2)

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Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9)
Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9)

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Texas Medication Algorithm Project
Texas Medication Algorithm Project

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Fact Sheet: Advancing Behavioral Health
Fact Sheet: Advancing Behavioral Health

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1.09 MB | Last Updated: May 1, 2018

Recommended Actions for Improved Care Transitions: Mental Illness and or Substance Use Disorders
Recommended Actions for Improved Care Transitions: Mental Illness and or Substance Use Disorders
MLN Mental Health Services
MLN Mental Health Services

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1.69 MB | Last Updated: January 31, 2018

A Guidebook of Professional Practices for Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration
A Guidebook of Professional Practices for Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration
A Standard Framework for Levels of Integrated Healthcare
A Standard Framework for Levels of Integrated Healthcare

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SAMHSA Core Competencies for Behavioral Health and Integrated Primary Care
SAMHSA Core Competencies for Behavioral Health and Integrated Primary Care
Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement Adult Depression in Primary Care Guideline
Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement Adult Depression in Primary Care Guideline
The Four Quadrant Clinical Integration Model
The Four Quadrant Clinical Integration Model

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Motivational Interviewing TIPS Fact Sheet
Motivational Interviewing TIPS Fact Sheet

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DAST-10 Screening Tool

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MAST Screening Tool

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AUDIT Screening Tool

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What Is A Standard Drink

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Zone 1

1.66 MB 98 downloads

Zone 2

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Zone Follow-Up Screener

676.75 KB 76 downloads

Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression

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Geriatric Depression Scale

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PTSD Checklist (PCL)

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Modified Mini Screen (MMS)

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GAD-7 Anxiety

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CAGE-AIDE

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