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The National Center for Integrated Behavioral Health (NCIBH) is a HRSA-funded Academic Unit of Primary Care Training and Enhancement. The mission of the NCIBH is to prepare primary care clinicians with the expertise and leadership for integrated behavioral health care.

Do you have relevant IBH resources, curricula, or evaluation tools to share? Please send them to us at

Call for Proposals in Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care Research

Apply for pilot funding from the National Center for Integrated Behavioral Health

In response to the current epidemic of behavioral health disorders globally, the NCIBH will fund proposals for innovative training models in IBH that target medical students, residents, and/or advanced practice nurses. IBH encompasses mental health disorders and substance use disorders.

Proposals should demonstrate the potential to improve IBH education in primary care and/or inform policy that shapes primary care training endeavors. Proposals should clearly indicate how the proposed training model aligns with the educational goals of the NCIBH including how to:
  • Prepare primary care clinicians with the expertise and leadership for IBH
  • Design and test scalable models of inter-professional IBH training in primary care
  • Foster practice change necessary to implement successful models of IBH to enable training.

Rolling Application Cycle

Application Details

Making a Difference 

This month NCIBH spoke to Robert D. Ashford, MSW, a recovery scientist and researcher at both the Center for the Studies of Addiction at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Substance Use Disorders Institute at the University of the Sciences, where he is currently pursuing a PhD in health policy. His research focuses on topics in public health, behavioral health, recovery, and social policy.

Read the full interview...
"Recovery science focuses on understanding how recovery comes to manifest in various ways across multiple life dimensions. This places the subjective experience of those in recovery as the central point of inquiry; allowing researchers to hold individual successful recovery up to the light and examine how it came to be. This involves deconstructing and operationalizing the key factors, various turning points, and critical moments of recovery initiation and sustainment”

- Robert Ashford, MSW
Recovery Scientist, SUDI at the University of the Sciences 

Resource of the Month

Healthier Washington's 
Practice Transformation Support Hub Resource Portal
Pediatric Provider Toolkit - Primary Care & Behavioral Health



The purpose of the Pediatric Provider Toolkit resource is to provide templates and best practices for increasing communication between primary care providers and behavioral health providers about specific patient care.

Intended audience

  • Primary care providers who want to improve the referral process with behavioral health providers
  • Behavioral health providers who want to improve communication and collaboration with primary care
  • Entities that are designing integration workflows and recommendations
  • Other caregivers who are interested in increasing care coordination for patients

Make sure to look at our newly updated NCIBH resource library below. 

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What's the Buzz?

News, Conferences, and Upcoming Events


Collaborative Family Healthcare Association's 21st Annual Conference will be accepting proposals February 1- March 5th. The conference will be centered on workforce development for all members of the care team and will take place October 17-19, in Denver, Colorado. For application information, click here.
RTI is hosting an upcoming February 5th webinarHow to Improve Addiction Treatment by Systematically Tracking Patient Outcomes. Speakers will be summarizing the evidence and describing examples of how they are using tools in practice, presenting data and showing how they have improved outcomes in their programs. 
Upcoming one day workshop in Washington D.C. from the National Academics of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee on Applying Clinical Practice Guidelines to Prescribing Opioids for Acute Pain. Register here. 
As part of HRSA's strategy to address intimate partner violence, HRSA will host a webinar later this month to discuss workforce approaches to violence prevention and response across the life course.


January 31- February 3
STFM Conference on Medical Student Education
Where: Jacksonville, FL |  Website
February 1-2
NY Society of Addiction Medicine 15th Annual Conference
Where: New York, NY |  Website
February 4-5 
Academy Health National Health Policy Conference
Where: Washington D.C. |  Website
February 7-9
APAHC Conference
Where: New Orleans, LA |  Website
February 12
Promising Practices for Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Where: Webinar |  Website
February 12
Access to Mental Health Chat
Where: Twitter | 
February 13
An Intro to the Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S Opioid Epidemic
Where: Washington D.C. |  Website
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