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Improving Collaboration between Community-Based Primary Care and Behavioral Health in Wisconsin


Project Description

Wisconsin community health centers and community-based behavioral health organizations are invited to participate in a five-month technical assistance project (February-July 2012) to increase collaboration between primary care and behavioral health providers in order to deliver holistic, integrated care for individuals.

The focus of this effort is on collaborations between federally qualified health centers and behavioral health agencies offering substance abuse services. To apply, it is not necessary to have an established relationship with a behavioral health agency or a federally qualified health center.

The goal of this project is for participants to create and/or strengthen a mutually beneficial working relationship between primary care and behavioral health entities to improve the quality of care they deliver to their patients/clients.

Project Application

Please complete the application form and submit via email to
Application deadline: 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 6, 2012.


Kick-off Workshop, February 16, 2012

Applicants who are selected will participate in a one-day "kick-off" workshop in Madison, WI on February 16, 2012. Up to three leaders from each organization are invited to attend the workshop. There will be no fee for attending the workshop. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the workshop. Travel and accommodations (if staying overnight in Madison) will be the responsibility of participants.

After the February 16th workshop, participants will receive five months of additional support:

  • Expert and peer conference call discussions and webinars.
  • Tailored coaching based on the needs of their collaboration project.
  • Shared lessons learned and best practices that arise from the project.

Project Timeline

December 13, 2011
    Informational webinar
  • view the powerpoint
  • Note: Due to technical issues the webinar audio recording is not available.
January 6, 2012 Learning collaborative application deadline
January 13, 2012 Learning collaborative participant selection
February 16, 2012 Learning collaborative kickoff workshop in Madison, WI
Agenda coming soon!
July 2012 Learning collaborative ends. Participants will share progress made and lessons learned.

Project Conveners

This project is brought to you through the collaborative efforts of:

  • NIATx, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • WI DHS Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services – Bureau of Prevention, Treatment and Recovery (BPTR)
  • Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association (WPHCA)
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Region 5

Project Funding

Funding for this project is provided through a grant from Open Society Foundations.