Behavioral Health Integration Program (BHIP)
The Behavioral Health Integration Program (BHIP) offers innovative, evidence-based behavioral health care to patients enrolled in primary care at all of the UW Neighborhood Clinics as well as at clinics at Harborview Medical Center and at the General Internal Medicine Clinic at UWMC--Roosevelt. BHIP uses the Collaborative Care model developed at UW for treating common mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety in primary care.
In BHIP, UW psychiatrists work as clinic-based psychiatric consultants who are responsible for supporting mental health care provided by primary care providers and care managers as well as providing direct patient consultations. The model has resulted in significant improvement in the number of patients achieving care plan goals related to their anxiety or depression. More than 70% of patients with depression and 65% of patients with anxiety enrolled in BHIP have shown a 50% or greater improvement in symptoms following a minimum of 10 weeks of treatment. BHIP won a Psychiatric Services Achievement Award from the American Psychiatric Association in 2014, and a Washington Award of Excellence in Healthcare Quality from Qualis Health in 2016.
The success of the BHIP program is consistent with other findings. More than 80 randomized controlled clinical trials have shown that Collaborative Care results in improved clinical outcomes, increased patient satisfaction and overall functioning, and lower total health care costs, achieving the Triple Aim of health care reform. Collaborative Care has been implemented around the world, and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and UW Medicine are very proud to provide it to our own community.
General Internal Medicine Center at UWMC-Roosevelt
UW Neighborhood Clinics
Harborview Medical Center