The AIMS Center (Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions) promotes the implementation of evidence-based mental health services that can be effectively integrated into primary care and community settings. Located within the UW Psychiatry Division of Population Health, the mission of the AIMS Center is to improve the health of populations by advancing effective, integrated behavioral health care.
One of the core strengths of the AIMS Center is Collaborative Care, an evidence-based model for integrating behavioral health services into primary care settings, effectively bringing mental health treatment to where people feel comfortable receiving care. Collaborative Care leads to better patient outcomes, increased patient-provider satisfaction, and reductions in overall healthcare costs, achieving the Triple Aim of health care reform.
The AIMS Center has helped implement Collaborative Care in many rural and urban setings that serve veterans, low-income mothers, older adults, children, and other underserved populations. We foster local, national, and international collaborations and, under the direction of Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA, have trained over 6,000 clinicians in more than 1,000 healthcare delivery sites and systems around the world.
The AIMS Center partners closely with researchers within the Division of Population Health to bring the latest health services research findings into real world settings, and with the Integrated Care Training Program to effectively train Collaborative Care teams. UW Medicine implements Collaborative Care at more than 15 UW Medicine clinics through the Behavioral Health Integration Program (BHIP) and the Integrated Psychosocial Oncology Program at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
To learn more about Collaborative Care, the AIMS Center, and our partners and projects, please visit the AIMS Center website.