CIBHS convened a number of Break Through Series Learning Collaboratives with teams of people from community-based, county operated, or peer run mental health programs. In the collaboratives, team were introduced to the nationally known quality improvement methods to support the rapid change and innovation needed to meet the changes of our changing healthcare environment.
What is a collaborative?
A collaborative is a systematic approach based on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Breakthrough Series Collaborative model. During the collaborative, organizations and providers will test and implement system changes and measure the impact. They will share their experiences with each other in an effort to accelerate learning and widespread implementation of best practices.
Teams from participating organizations will attend five learning sessions, each followed by a 2-3 month action period. During the learning sessions, participants are provided with instruction in theory and practice for testing and implementing changes that will lead to achieving the team’s aim. At each session, teams report on activities, methods, and results surrounding improvement efforts. During the action periods, participants work hard to make their changes a reality. Action periods are supplemented with email communications, monthly progress reports, and web conferences.
In October 2013, CiBHS launched its third collaborative improvement project aimed at advancing the recovery of individuals with serious mental illness. As with the previous initiatives (ICSC and ARP), the “Advancing Recovery Collaborative” (ARC) is built upon the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration definition of recovery: “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential” (2011). While California’s public behavioral health system is increasingly aware that th
In November 2013, CiBHS convened the Care Coordination Collaborative (CCC), a learning collaborative aimed at improving the overall health of individuals who have serious mental health and/or substance use disorders through care coordination among primary care and specialty providers.