CalHIVE Behavioral Health Integration (2023-2026)

The CalHIVE Behavioral Health Integration Improvement Collaborative is a three-year program operated by PBGH’s California Quality Collaborative (CQC) that begins July 2023 and will focus on supporting California-based primary care practices as they integrate behavioral health services. CalHIVE Behavioral Health Integration will help organizations launch or expand screening, treatment and referrals for patients with mild-to-moderate depression, substance use disorders and other conditions.

The program will improve integration of behavioral health services within primary care for Californians by:

  • Defining and implementing an integration pathway for each participant aligned with their organizational objectives.
  • Increasing access to behavioral health services within the primary care setting to support depression and substance use management.
  • Improving behavioral health and chronic disease outcomes across key indicators (depression screening, response and remission, diabetes, etc.).

Participating Organizations

Nine provider organizations located across California that provide care in aggregate for 500,000 patients are participating in the CalHIVE Behavioral Health Integration program:

Program participants will receive:

  • Funding of up to $100,000 over the duration of the program.
  • Direct support to implement our Behavioral Health Integration Curriculum designed for California-based organizations.
  • Learning events and improvement advising to design and implement efficient, sustainable and effective behavioral health services.
  • The opportunity to engage with peers from other provider organizations and systems in an improvement collaborative model to share learnings and ideas.

Technical Assistance Partner

CQC is partnering with the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA) for the CalHIVE Behavioral Health Integration technical assistance program. CFHA is a multi-guild member association with the goal to make integrated care the standard of care across the United States and beyond.


CQC’s Behavioral Health Integration Initiative is possible thanks to the generous support of the Centene Corporation and is a part of CQC’s CalHIVE Improvement Collaboratives offered to provider organizations in California.


Kristina Mody
Associate Director, Practice Transformation


BHI Snapshot | Selecting an Integration Model

This implementation snapshot details the process for organizations to select an integration model that best meets their needs. 

Behavioral Health Integration Implementation Plan

Our BHI Implementation Plan guides organizations through the creation of a plan that integrates multi-disciplinary team feedback to determine the integration model that best meets organizational needs.

CalHIVE Behavioral Health Integration Improvement Collaborative Prospectus

Upcoming Events and Training

June 5, 2024

CQC Webinar: Behavioral Health Integration – Children and Youth Collaborative Learning Exchange Program

BHI-CYCLE is a nine-month learning collaborative beginning October 2024 that will bring together organizations experienced in integrating behavioral health services into primary care for children and youth. ​BHI-CYCLE aims to improve behavioral health integration for children and youth by showcasing, sprouting and sharing the practices and solutions used by leading provider organizations.

Past Events and Training

June 13, 2023

Behavioral Health Integration Fundamentals: Concepts & Models

Integrating behavioral health into primary care is essential for providers looking to deliver patient-centered, high-quality and whole-person care. Yet many health care organizations struggle with knowing where to begin.

November 30, 2022

CalHIVE Behavioral Health Integration Improvement Collaborative: Informational Webinar

The CalHIVE Behavioral Health Integration Improvement Collaborative is a three-year program launched in July 2023 and will focus on supporting California based provider organizations as they integrate behavioral health services into their primary care practices.