Michigan Mental Health Integration Partnership: An Opportunity for Matched Funding

One in four adults will suffer from a mental illness in any given year. Mental or behavioral health issues can be debilitating independently, but unfortunately, over half of people living with mental illnesses also have additional general medical conditions. Managing multiple health issues can be complicated and costly, requiring multifaceted care management. Even with a high demand for care, people often face obstacles when accessing care. There is a deep need to improve care access in a financially strategic way.

The Michigan Mental Health Integration Partnership (MIP), in collaboration with the University of Michigan and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), aims to address this unmet need by implementing and evaluating innovative programs to improve the lives of Michigan residents. MIP works to improve access to care for people with behavioral health care needs. Through public-private partnerships with provider organizations and community foundations, MIP involves U-M clinical experts working with community partners to implement state-of-the-art care models to enhance quality of care and well-being of children and adults from lower income communities in Michigan. MIP continually works to inform the MDHHS regarding integrated care best practices and aims to improve overall health in Michigan and beyond.

Since 2005, MIP has initiated projects through the U-M Department of Psychiatry via 1:1 matched funding primarily from foundations and from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In 2017, MIP will support 12 sponsored projects, totaling over $4,500,000 in funding. Through these projects, faculty members from psychiatry, internal medicine, family medicine, social work, and public health will apply their expertise and improve the lives Michigan residents. Projects range from single-site demonstrations of wellness initiatives to larger, cross agency partnerships that promote collaborative care throughout Michigan.

Examples of initiatives currently receiving matched funds include:

  • Expansion of child/adolescent access to mental health services using telepsychiatry in Flint, MI;
  • Integration of mental health services in primary care for vulnerable populations;
  • Implementation of school-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for students across Michigan and;
  • Development of a new support program to help fathers enhance family engagement and parenting skills in Wayne County, MI.

MIP continues to help U-M investigators implement their projects by facilitating the application process for matched funding through MDHHS and by providing administrative assistance through the fiscal year. Among other tasks, the MIP team provides consultation on the initial project application and budget, communicates state priorities to increase the likelihood of being awarded funding, and assists with state IRB requirements. Applications are accepted biannually, with the next deadline being October, 1, 2016. Please contact the MIP Director, Amy Kilbourne, PhD, and the MIP team at mipprogram@umich.edu if you have an idea for a potential project.

Call for Michigan Integration Partnership (MIP) Match Funding Submissions

Are you interested in receiving matched funding?

  • Do you have a project that focuses on physical and/or mental health services, or integrated mental health services across traditionally underserved settings for individuals in the state of Michigan?
  • Does your project address or inform needs of Michigan’s Medicaid or Medicaid-eligible population beyond a single setting/practice?
  • Can your project objectives be accomplished within one year?
  • Does your project involve implementation and/or evaluation activities?
  • Does the source of matched funding come from a non-federal grant or fund?(e.g., department, foundation, gift money, other)

If you answered yes to these questions, then you may be eligible for matched funding through MIP. Please contact the MIP team at mipprogram@umich.edu for more information about the program, project eligibility, and submission process.

Next deadline for submission: October 1, 2016