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Depression Care Collaborative


Project Background

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act is creating a tremendous amount of disruption in nearly all aspects of health care. There is an overwhelming pressure on health care providers to provide high-quality services, customized to the individual, grounded in measurement-based approaches to care. Incorporating standardized clinical assessment tools into routine service delivery is no longer the future, it’s the present!

The use of validated assessment tools, like the PHQ-9, both enhance our ability to gather more information and improve measurement accuracy for various aspects of disease. These instruments provide more sensitive measures of the patient’s clinical status than global judgments by the clinician or patient, and can be combined with treatment algorithms that support appropriate treatment choices at critical decision points

Treatment methodologies like patient activation and self-management serve as key aspects of a patient-centered care model that promote recovery and accelerate the return to an active and healthy life. Leveraging the use of virtual treatment tools will help organizations meet consumer demand for access to treatment and support anytime, anywhere.


Goals and Objectives

The National Council’s Depression Care Collaborative is a yearlong learning community for four community behavioral health organizations committed to systematically using the PHQ-9, an evidence-based depression measurement tool, with its strategic partner, myStrength, a digital behavioral health company that provides tools to effectively extend care through web and mobile self-help resources to consumers. Participating organizations receive expert consultation from National Council and myStrength staff and ongoing support from peer organizations simultaneously implementing clinical and systematic change.

Key elements will include:

  • Implementing systems that support the use of evidence-based depression screenings and the regular tracking of PHQ-9 scores for continuous quality improvement.
  • Learning systematic approaches to modify treatment interventions when inadequate treatment responses occur, also known as treating to target.
  • Increasing the use of Self-Management treatment practices through myStrength.

Participating organizations include Hill Country MHDD Centers, Community Services Group, Burke and Peak Wellness Center, which will receive expert consultation throughout the year from National Council and myStrength as well as ongoing support from peer organizations simultaneously implementing clinical and systematic change.


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