Collaborating to Heal Addiction and Mental Health in Primary Care
Study period: September 2019 to May 2024
Funder: National Institute of Mental Health
Project Manager: Lori Ferro, MHA, PMP
Principle Investigators
John Fortney, PHD – CHAMP Evaluation Director
Director, Division of Population Health
Professor, SOM: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Anna Ratzliff, MD, PHD – CHAMP Implementation Director
Professor, SOM:  Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, UW Psychiatry Residency Training Program
Co-Director, AIMS Center
Andrew Saxon, MD – CHAMP Intervention Director
Professor, SOM: Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences
Director, Center of Excellence in Substance Addiction Treatment and Education, VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Around 2.1 million Americans age 12 and up had an Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in 2016. Among adults who misused opioids in the past year, 43% also had a mental illness. Currently, there is strong evidence for Collaborative Care (CoCM) as a highly effective approach for treating common mental health disorders (MHD), but there is no good evidence for using CoCM to treat OUD. This study intends to bridge that gap by evaluating whether CoCM for OUD and MHD is more effective for treating people with co-occurring OUD and MHD, rather than CoCM for MHD alone. Additionally, this study will examine the effectiveness of implementing systematic OUD screening and high or low intensity support for mitigating CoCM sustainability issues. This 5-year pragmatic clinical trial will be conducted in primary care settings with existing CoCM programs. 24 clinics will be recruited from across the U.S and each will aim to recruit 50 patients for a total of 1200 enrollees over the 5 years.
Looking for information about CHAMP? Please contact Lori Ferro at (206) 221-8523 or