Michigan Action Learning Network
Integrating primary and behavioral health care offers vast potential for better outcomes for children, youth, and their families and communities. Such integration efforts have largely centered on the implications for adult consumers, and the unique needs of children and families are often overlooked. Several Michigan children’s mental health leaders have convened as an Action Learning Network (ALN) for the purpose of making progress on healthcare integration for children and families. This group includes children’s services leadership from Michigan Community Mental Health Centers representing Kent, Kalamazoo, Saginaw, Wayne, and Clinton/Eaton/Ingham counties.
- Provide a common focus for the challenges facing communities in the integration of primary and behavioral healthcare for children and families.
- Provide a forum for shared learning.
- Support collective and individual action.
Long Term Impact
- Improved service systems for children with Serious Emotional Disturbance and their families.
- Identified barriers and facilitators to implementing integrated primary and behavioral health care.
- Identified local and statewide strategies to support integration.
- Developed and disseminated a series of practice briefs on integrated primary and behavioral healthcare for children and families.
The Practice Briefs below highlight the work of this group:
- Practice Brief 1 (August 2013): Integration Opportunities and Challenges
- Practice Brief 2 (July 2014): Community Action and Analytics
- Practice Brief 2 Addendum (July 2014): The Action Analytics Guide
- Practice Brief 3 (February 2015): Using What We Know to Fight the Hidden Epidemic
- Practice Brief 4 (January 2016): Behavioral Health Consultants: Their Vital Role in Integration
- Practice Brief 5 (April 2016): Primary Care Perspectives on Care Integration for Children and Families
- Practice Brief 6 (July 2016): The Michigan Landscape: Health Care System Alignment for Children and Families