Advancing Care Together (ACT) is a dynamic collaboration by the mental health, substance use, behavioral health, and primary care communities to move into action to end the separate histories of physical and mental health and together achieve whole-person care.
The fragmented nature of our healthcare system, particularly in the so-called mental from the so-called physical aspects of health, has led to entirely separate systems of care that leave clinicians with an incomplete clinical reality which produces duplication of effort, undermines comprehensiveness of care, and ensures that the patient cannot be completely understood and cared for.
Meanwhile patients are caught in the middle often lost in the morass of the two fragmented systems and receiving less than optimum care. We can do better. We must do better.
ACT is a state-wide program funded by The Colorado Health Foundation that will use a 3-prong strategy to create systems of care for whole people:
- Identify promising innovations to provide integrated care for people with emotional and behavioral problems in primary care and community mental health settings....learn more
- Evaluate processes and outcomes of selected innovations to determine what strategies work and don’t work in real life settings...learn more
- Disseminate best practices and real-time lessons from ACT to other practices in Colorado seeking to integrate care for their patients, and other relevant stakeholders responsible for creating and transforming the necessary systems necessary to achieve integrated care....learn more