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Using a multi-level approach to implement a primary care mental health (PCMH) program.

Kirchner J, Edlund CN, Henderson K, Daily L, Parker LE, Fortney JC. Using a multi-level approach to implement a primary care mental health (PCMH) program. Families, systems & health : the journal of collaborative family healthcare. 2010 Jun 1; 28(2):161-74.

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Successfully spreading innovation across large health care systems is a complex process requiring participation of stakeholders from a broad spectrum of professional backgrounds, skill sets, and organizational levels. We describe a process for engaging and activating stakeholders across individual, team, organization, and system levels to implement primary care-mental health integrated care programs in one regional Veterans Affairs health care network. Key stakeholders and researchers collaborated to propose and implement the program. Preliminary findings indicate that the program may reduce referrals to specialty mental health care.

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