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As part of the Minnesota State Innovation Model (SIM) Initiative, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing received a grant to provide intensive coaching and facilitation for practice change that amplifies existing state integrated health, e-health and accountable care efforts.

This project offers customized coaching, organization-specific consultation and access to resources for community health centers and/or community mental health centers (including Federally Qualified Health Centers, FQHCs) between November 2015 and November 2016.

We have accepted sixteen participating organizations, with approximately 50 percent of them located in rural or outstate areas. Thirteen of these organizations are Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC), and the remaining three organizations are FQHCs. All sixteen organizations completed initial consultation calls with our coaches at the end of September so that we could identify their strengths, weaknesses, and areas that they would most like to improve


Benefits to Participating Organizations

  • Intake Consultation with program faculty – identify needs and expectations, explore current strengths and capacities
  • Baseline assessment of readiness to implement Minnesota’s accountable health model – using a locally developed matrix, participants will establish a measurable baseline for use in progress monitoring and outcome evaluation
  • Work Plan Development – faculty will work with participating organizations to define short- and long-term goals for practice transformation, including timelines, responsibilities and needed resources
  • Coaching – based on the assessment, participating providers will be formed into affinity groups that engage in bimonthly teleconference coaching to promote shared learning and target learning for maximum impact and program change.
  • Collaborative Kick-off and Capstone Live Meetings (November 2015; 2016)
  • Bimonthly Webinars – content knowledge development, sharing models and strategies that work in other settings
  • Site visit – program faculty will provide a 90-minute onsite coaching, observation and progress assessment in May/June 2016.


Participant Responsibilities and Required Commitments

  • Protected Time for Engagement – Participants must demonstrate executive support for and consistent participation in:
    • Assessment and orientation dialogues with facilitators
    • Two live meetings (November 10, 2015 and November 2016)
    • Five webinars (bimonthly from December 2015-November 2016)
    • Five coaching calls within affinity groups (bimonthly from December 2015-November 2016)
  • Complete Assessments and Surveys – Participants must complete the MN Matrix Assessment Tool, Community Partnership Survey and other tools as requested to define strengths and challenges, create affinity groups and define relevant learning content.
  • Participate in Evaluation Activities – Participants must respond to all evaluation requests to provide feedback on facilitated learning, including but not limited to:
    • Activity evaluations (e.g., live meetings, webinars)
    • Possible requests from SHADAC (state evaluator) and RTI (federal evaluator) self-evaluation processes (e.g., requests for documents, interviews, surveys or site visits)
  • Submit Work Plan and Progress Updates – Participants must submit quarterly updates on progress toward transformation goals (established during initial in-person meeting in November 2015)


Key Confirmed Dates


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

In-Person Practice Facilitation Summit (Location TBD)


This project is part of a $45 million State Innovation Model (SIM) cooperative agreement, awarded to the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Human Services in 2013 by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to help implement the Minnesota Accountable Health Model.