The Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas (ACMHCK) represents the 26 licensed Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) in Kansas that provide behavioral health services in all 105 counties, 24-hours a day, seven days a week who collectively serve over 145,000 individuals annually.
Community Care Network of Kansas’s (Community Care) membership consists of 34 organizations, including federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and look-alike health centers, rural health clinics, and other nonprofit primary and dental care clinics who serve over 320,000 people each year.
The Kansas team's project focuses on aligning policy, payment, and practice with the integrated model of care. It will do so by looking at two evidence-based models of care to effect change at the state level to grow and strengthen each model. For AMCHK and the CMHCs, the focus is on the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic model. For Community Care and FQHCs, the model integrates behavioral health services within primary care. While the project will consider policy, payment, and practices that support each model separately, it will also look for opportunities to create synergy and collaboration, with the ultimate goal of creating a unified, integrated behavioral health and primary care system in Kansas. In addition, the project team will include representatives from the public health system to apply population health data and strategies to address health and racial equity.