Still Time to Sign Up for SAMHSA Innovation Communities

NYAPRS Note: There’s still time to sign up for SAMHSA Innovation Communities, as the deadline is Friday, December 4th. Innovation Communities are designed to engage organizations in acquiring knowledge and skills and applying their learning to implement measureable improvements in a high priority area related to healthcare integration. See below for more information.



Innovation Communities are designed to engage organizations in acquiring knowledge and skills and applying their learning to implement measureable improvements in a high priority area related to healthcare integration. Lessons learned over the course of the innovation community are compiled and shared with the health care field so other organizations can benefit.  

The innovation community is designed to address three key components associated with innovation implementation, including:

  • Topic-specific foundational information, knowledge, and best practices
  • Innovation implementation planning
  • Adoption and sustainability of the innovation 

Innovation Communities 

December 2015-July 2016


Innovation Communities run from December 2015 to August 2016 and include the following activities:

  • A kickoff webinar to review the goals, timeline, and expectations of the Innovation Community; to introduce participants to the community faculty and key staff contacts; get to know your fellow cohort participants, and to answer questions.  Participants will leave the webinar with contact information for ongoing support and assignments to conduct an organizational self-assessment specific to the IC topic.
  • Monthly web-based coaching sessions for your Innovation Community, composed of expert teaching, discussion, peer sharing, participant presentations, and guided cross-participant coaching (a total of 8 sessions).
  • Four facilitated coaching calls (one-to-one or in small groups) to discuss work plan needs and provide individual and group coaching.
  • Closing webinar reviewing key themes discussed as well as reflecting on organizational progress made during the Innovation Community.


Innovation Community participants must have support from their executive leadership and a defined Core Implementation Team (CIT) of at least 4-5 members. Each CIT typically consists of a member of the administration/leadership, a clinical supervisor, primary and/or secondary consumers, and a data analyst. The CIT will work with Innovation Community faculty to identify and define challenges, generate and implement solutions, and evaluate outcomes. The CIT must be willing and able to commit adequate time, energy, and enthusiasm to participate in all Innovation Community activities.

The team will also:

  • Participate in organizational self-assessments
  • Establish a comprehensive work plan with practical and meaningful performance indicators
  • Continuously monitor progress, implementation barriers, and effective strategies
  • Identify/develop tools and resources associated with successful implementation
  • Record and share lessons learned about the systemic and organization-specific factors affecting the adoption and sustainability of the integrated health innovation
  • Complete evaluation materials



Please submit your application by close of business, December 4, 2015.

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Integrating Primary Care into Substance Use Treatment Provider Services

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Integrating Primary Care and Wellness: Sustaining Integrated Services

Open to behavioral health provider organizations looking to expand your integrated health services toward an organization-wide whole health focus, demonstrate the link between primary care and wellness quality metrics to cost, and analyze how to maximize available funding sources to sustain integrated primary care and wellness programming. 
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Advanced Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care: Implementing Trauma-Informed Care
HRSA-funded safety net providers with well-established behavioral health integration will learn how to adopt trauma-informed principles and practices to improve engagement and retention, health outcomes and client satisfaction with care...become a trauma-informed practice.
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