Integration of Behavioral Health & Primary Care


While advancements have been made in the treatment, support and understanding of mental illness over the past fifty years, evidence shows that many affected by mental illness remain disadvantaged and do not receive appropriate primary and/or behavioral health care.  To achieve optimal access and health outcomes, evidence supports the need for better integration of behavioral health and primary care services, whether coordinated, co-located and/or fully integrated.

Recognizing the need and opportunity to advance integration efforts in southeastern Ohio, the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville and the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board Serving Athens Hocking Vinton Counties-317 Board embarked on a multi-year funding partnership.

The intent of the funding partnership is to positively impact the system of care and health outcomes for vulnerable populations by promoting collaboration and advancing sustainable innovations to address unmet behavioral and physical health care needs. With input from local providers, state and national content experts, the Foundation and the 317 Board designed a funding strategy to strengthen behavioral health service delivery capacity; demonstrate the value of integration to sustain behavioral health capacity; and ensure primary care access for individuals with serious behavioral health diagnoses.

Year Two Progress Report

OHFN and the 317 Board are pleased to share this progress report. It highlights a funding partnership related to the integration of behavioral health and primary care in southeastern Ohio during the second implementation year, September 2014 - August 2015.


The 317 Board is responsible for designing policies, evaluating programs, accessing funds and monitoring alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services in Athens, Hocking and Vinton counties. The 317 Board receives primary funding from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and local tax levies. Currently, the 317 Board contracts with twelve local agencies to provide a comprehensive offering of mental health, drug, and alcohol addiction services throughout the counties.

  Year Two Progress Report: February 2016
  Year One Progress Report: April 2015
Funding Announcement: April 2014
Funding Partnership: October 2013