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Developing Integrated Behavioral health Services (DIBS)

Integrating behavioral healthcare


​The Developing Integrated Behavioral Health Services (DIBS) project is a partnership between five different agencies: Denver Department of Human Services, Denver Health and Hospital Authority, Mental Health Center of Denver, Access Behavioral Care and the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. In addition, the Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect acts as the fiscal agency for this project. This three year project is integrating behavioral healthcare into Denver Health’s Connections for Kids Clinic, a pediatric primary care practice that serves all children in foster care in Denver County. This project has embedded two Mental Health Center of Denver clinicians in the Connections for Kids Clinic. These clinicians provide behavioral health screening, brief intervention and referral for children seen through the clinic. Since behavioral health screening is provided at every well child visit, it is our intention to use the data collected by this project to help develop more effective interventions to meet the needs of children in foster care.