VISION

Better health for all through integrated care solutions

PURPOSE

The Arkansas Behavioral Health Integration Network (ABHIN) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote partnership and integration throughout the healthcare continuum. 

MISSION

To meet the challenges of integrating healthcare by building relationships, sharing resources and best practices, providing education and trainings, and advocacy for all.

Education, awareness, advocacy

As a volunteer grassroots network of organizations, institutions, individuals, ABHIN seeks to:
  • Increase implementation of BHI as part of team-based practice transformation
  • Facilitate training and network opportunities
  • Promote sustainability of behavioral health integration – financial, workforce development, etc.
  • Advocate for patients and healthcare providers

ABHIN News

MPC Network Webinar: Exploring Approaches to Incorporate Behavioral Health into Care Programs

Patty Gibson, MD, & Kim Shuler with ABHIN, and Adam Whitlock with Arkansas BCBS, presented to the Multipayer Primary Care (MPC) Network in April 2021 to give some background on ABHIN and their behavioral health integration journey in Arkansas. Multipayer Primary Care Network Webinars

The American Medical Association – BHI Collaborative has Posted a Resource Compendium

The BHI Compendium serves as a tool to learn about behavioral health integration (BHI) and how to make it effective for your practice and patients. The aim is to provide accessible, detailed information on the steps required to integrate behavioral health into your practice along with direct links to resources for more specific information.

In an Unprecedented Move, Seven National Primary Care Organizations Launch Joint Vision to Rewire Primary Care Financing

via The Larry A. Green Center With COVID-19 as a catalyst, the organizations developed recommendations to fundamentally change the way primary care is financed, improve health equity and boost clinicians’ ability to offer seamlessly integrated care Richmond, Va., (December 22, 2020) – Seven of the nation’s largest primary care physician organizations today released recommendations on…

AMA announces formation of BHI Collaborative

AMA- COVID-19 UPDATE (20 min Video) https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/public-health/ama-covid-19-daily-video-update-ways-integrate-behavioral-health-your AMA launches physician collaboration to help doctors integrate behavioral health into primary care The AMA announced in October 2020 that it has formed the AMA-Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) Collaborative, a new physician collaboration to promote the integration of behavioral and mental health care into primary care. The seven leading…

Arkansas Behavioral Health Integration Network Receives $200,000 Award to Improve Treatment and Recovery Services for Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Arkansas

With over 67,000 deaths due to drug overdoses in 2018, the majority caused by opioids, the United States (US) is facing an epidemic. The opioid prescription rate in Arkansas is 93.2 prescriptions for every 100 persons, making it the second highest rate in the US at nearly twice the national average (51.4 per 100). Rural…

Arkansas Behavioral Health Integration Network Receives $750,000 Award from HRSA to Reduce Suicides in Rural Arkansas

In Arkansas, more than four times as many people died by suicide than by alcohol related motor vehicle accidents in 2017, amounting to a death by suicide every 14 hours. The impact of suicide ripples through all communities but may be felt even harder in rural areas of the state where resources for prevention, identification,…

COVID pandemic news

8-14-2020 Report on Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic TradeOffs.com article and podcast describes how behavioral health integration can be a solution for the rising mental health needs in spite of lack of access to care: “In the midst of a pandemic and an economic recession, the U.S. is also…