Sapphire Community Health has been awarded supplemental federal funding to initiate and support Integrative Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) services. The IBHS purpose is to support an increase in access to high quality Integrative behavioral health services, including prevention or treatment of mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders (SUDs), including opioid and methamphetamine use disorder. The amount of the financial assistance is $167,00 which will be renewed annually in their federally funded health center grant.
These funds will be used to hire two full time positions who will spearhead their inter-professional, team-based, comprehensive primary care service delivery model with behavioral health integration.
Currently Sapphire Community Health employs four medical providers, one psychiatric nurse practitioner, two mental health providers and one licensed addition counselor. These new funds will allow hiring an Integrative Behavioral Health Therapist and a Care Manager.
The Care Manager (a Registered Nurse) will provide care management to high risk patients who are at risk for poor health outcomes and provide care management for those patients. The Care Manager will identify barriers to care and to understand the interplay between physical health, mental health, social issues and resource needs; encourage patients to actively engage in their own health; and work toward maintenance or improvement of health status by creating care plan objectives.
The Integrative Behavioral Health therapist (a licensed social worker or licensed therapist) will consult with medical Providers to enhance understanding of the patient; provide decision support for treatment planning and assist in the implementation and monitoring of biopsychosocial treatment plans; provide consultation and coordinate care of patient with health center primary care staff; identify, refer, and advocate for patients needing specialty behavioral health services; be immediately available to the Health Center staff during working hours in the event of a psychiatric emergency, participate as a member of the Health Center staff in the event of any other kind of emergency. These open positions will be posted in Indeed.
Sapphire Community Health is a community-based, outpatient primary health and mental health care center designed to work with the communities of the Bitterroot Valley. Sapphire Community Health’s core belief is that the health of the individual, the family and the community are inextricably linked. They were awarded their initial funding and designation as a community health center in 2015. To contact Sapphire Community Health call 541-0032.