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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.

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Year in Review
Thank you to our 1,000+ readers and members of our Community of Practice! We’ve achieved great things in 2018 including the launch of our newsletter, awarding pilot funding for innovative IBH projects, and developing a webinar series to meet the training needs of primary care educators around the country. The NCIBH continues to work towards HRSA’s goal of improving the quantity, quality, distribution, and diversity of the primary care workforce and enabling the promotion of best practices for integrating behavioral health training and education in primary care. Our success would not be possible without this Community of Practice and the valuable ideas, best practices, and collaboration shared by all of our members.

See you in the new year!
National Center of Integrated Behavioral Health

NCIBH 2018 Year in Numbers 
  • Funded 2 pilot proposals in IBH training and education innovation (more details coming in January)
  • Hosted 2 Webinars and planned for December 18th (register here)
  • Hosted 4 Twitter Chats
  • Increased our Twitter following to 1,130+
  • Grew our IBH Monthly newsletter audience to 1,300+
  • Published 4 NCIBH manuscripts with 2 additional under review
  • Attended 11 conferences nationwide
  • Hosted an NCIBH Advisory Board meeting in October 2018 
                        Teaching Matters

This month NCIBH spoke to Jennifer Harsh, PhD, (pictured) an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Division of General Internal Medicine where she directs the Behavioral Medicine and Resident Wellness Programs.

Dr. Harsh is actively involved in providing patient and family care in internal medicine settings, supervising behavioral medicine interns, teaching medical students and internal medicine residents. In addition, Dr. Harsh conducts research on the use of novel approaches to assess medical provider wellbeing and integrating behavioral medicine into general hospital settings. 

Read the full interview...

"One of the things that is conversely very useful to promote the desire to prioritize behavioral health education and skills is when learners see the utility of integrated behavioral health and working as a team. When they recognize that behavioral health skills and working in collaboration with behavioral health colleagues can save time, improve patient outcomes, and enhance provider satisfaction, they are far more likely to be interested in adjusting priorities."

- Jennifer Harsh, PhD
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine Division of General Medicine-Academic
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Resource of the Month

All Patients Safe: Suicide Prevention Training for
Medical Professionals


University of Washington's All Patients Safe is an interactive, web-based suicide prevention training made by and for medical professionals. It offers an engaging and informative option for providers to become better skilled at suicide prevention. Perspectives of real patients coupled with practical skills help medical providers transfer what they learn to their practice and community.
The course is appropriate for physicians and physician assistants, advanced registered nurse practitioners, registered nurses, medical social workers, dentists, physical therapists, and pharmacists, and can be completed in either a three or six-hour setting.

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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 nationally, 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:
  • 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

What's the Buzz?

News, Conferences, and Upcoming Events


Providers Clinical Support System is hosting an educational webinar series the next one is titled "Innovative Approach to Working with Patients Hospitalized with Serious Infections and Substance Use Disorder" on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 1 p.m. EST.
The Education Development Center's online course Opioid Overdose Prevention: Understanding the Basics earned a platinum award in the eHealthcare Leadership Awards, a competition that recognizes the best websites and digital communications of health care organizations.This course is available on the prevention solutions online learning portal
In a HRSA webinar, experts from SAMHSA's addiction technology transfer center discussed online and regional training opportunities for health centers and their primary care teams on screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT). 
SAMHSA's National Prevention Week (NPW) 2019 series has been counting down for the official May 12-18th 2019 date. NPW has begun to host winter webinars around opioids, suicide and communities initiatives. You can register and view past NPW events on the official website


December 13
Behavioral Health Workforce Development- Training Across the Various Behavioral Health Disciplines
Where: CHCI |  Website

December 19
Advancing Oral Health and Primary Care Integration to Support People Living with HIV
Where: HRSA |  Website

December 20
Supporting Rural Programs through Telehealth: Training, Supervision and Collaborative Mental Health Care
Where: Rural Prep  |  Website

December 20
Breaking the Barriers in Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Where: Psych Network |  Website

January 9
Advance Nursing Education Workforce 
Where: HRSA FOA |  Website

January 14
Primary Care Training and Enhancement- IBH and Primary Care Program

Where: HRSA FOA|  Website
January 31- February 3
Conference on Medical Student Education 
Where: Jacksonsville, FL |  Website

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