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The Collaborative for Excellence in Behavioral Health Research and Practice (The Collaborative)

UMKC is proud to be home to The Collaborative — a group of professionals working to advance health and wellness by bringing behavioral health research to practice and by supporting people, organizations and systems through change processes. The Collaborative accomplishes this through a variety of projects and initiatives in collaboration with local, state and federal partners.

The Collaborative Goals

• Implement evidence-based clinical practices into substance use and mental health treatment
• Integrate behavioral health into health care settings
• Provide workforce training on substance use disorders

Areas of Expertise

• Implementation science research
• Translate, disseminate and promote the adoption and implementation of evidence-based and promising clinical practices in behavioral health
• Build and maintain comprehensive infrastructure to promote local, regional and national multidisciplinary collaborations

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• Develop integrated multiple media and multi-use products
• Fidelity to evidence-based models
• Publish and disseminate findings in peer-review journals
• Formulate and manage multidisciplinary cross-training by using implementation processes
• External national evaluation and organizational-level program evaluation for behavioral and allied health professional programs
• Leadership development
• Professional competencies, scopes of practice, competency-based curricula

Current Projects

• ATTC Center of Excellence on Behavioral Health for Pregnant and Postpartum Women (PI: Pat Stilen). The ATTC CoE-PPW develops innovative training and dissemination approaches for the  behavioral health workforce who provide family-centered substance use treatment and the recovery needs of pregnant and post-partum women.
• Centers for Disease Control’s Capacity Building Provider Network National Resource Center (PI: Laurie Krom). The Provider Network offers capacity-building assistance services for health departments, community-based organizations and healthcare organizations in the delivery of high-impact HIV prevention strategies.
• Addiction Technology Transfer Center National Office (ATTC) (PI: Laurie Krom). The ATTC National Office identifies and promotes evidence-based practices in organizational change, technology transfer and facilitating cross-regional projects and programs.
• Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center (PI: Pat Stilen). The Mid-America ATTC serves Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska by developing and conducting training and technology transfer activities to meet the identified needs of the addiction treatment services workforce.
• Mid-America ATTC National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Supplement (PI: Pat Stilen). This project accelerates dissemination of research-based drug abuse treatment findings into community-based practice. NIDA’s Clinical Trial Network researchers work with ATTC Network representatives to develop materials and education learning activities.
• Transforming the Academic Preparation of Health Professionals: Competency-Based SBIRT Training (UMKC SBIRT) (PI: Heather Gotham). The project will develop a sustainable SBIRT training curriculum that will be integrated into baccalaureate and advanced practice nursing and master of social work programs at UMKC and disseminated to regional healthcare systems and training programs.
• Bridging the Disparities Gap: Strengthening Community-based Healthcare Delivery in an Urban Setting (Project Evaluator: Heather Gotham). The project creates an Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Model (IPCP) of nurse practitioners, other health professionals, and students at two safety-net clinics, which offer health care to underserved populations in Kansas City, Mo.
• Improving Fragmentation in Healthcare: Employing Interprofessional Education for Managing Multiple Chronic Conditions in an Urban Setting (Project Evaluator: Heather Gotham).This project will expand and enhance the advanced nursing curriculum by improving interpersonal communication and ethical decisions in caring for medically underserved persons with multiple chronic conditions (MCC).
• Mobilizing Interprofessional Care Teams toward Improving the Behavioral and Physical Health of Medically Underserved Veterans with Multiple Chronic Conditions (Project Evaluator: Sarah Knopf-Amelung).  This project will enhance the advanced practice nursing curriculum by improving interprofessional education (advanced practice nursing, pharmacy, social work, and clinical psychology students) for students providing care to medically underserved veterans with multiple chronic conditions.
• Substance Abuse Treatment To HIV Care (SAT2HIV) Project (Site PI: Heather Gotham). This study is an effectiveness-implementation hybrid trial examining the implementation of Motivational Interviewing with HIV/AIDS service organization staff.
• Fostering the Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Services: Interprofessional Team-Based Care for Rural, Medically Underserved Patients (Project Evaluator: Heather Gotham). This HRSA-funded project will provide interprofessional training to foster a collaborate practice environment designed to deliver safe, patient-centered care, through coordinated health professions, focused on primary care, while expanding access to behavioral mental health services in a rural healthcare system.
• SBIRT Health Professions Student Training. (Advisor: Heather Gotham). This SAMHSA-funded project will develop a multifaceted, sustainable SBIRT training program to be integrated into Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work curricula at two urban universities, the University of Missouri-St Louis and St Louis University, and incorporated into existing systems of care throughout the region.

Recently Completed Projects

• Addiction Technology Transfer Center National Office (PI: Krom). Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 10/07 to 9/12.
• ATTC National Office National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Supplement (PI: Krom). Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 10/07 to 9/12.

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• Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City’s Health Literacy Initiative (Implementation Consultant: Heather Gotham). 10/12 to 12/14.
• Chestnut Health System’s Coordinating Center: Translational Research on Interventions for Adolescents in the Legal System: TRIALS (Implementation Consultant: Heather Gotham). 07/13 to 03/14.
• Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center (PI: Stilen). Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 10/07 to 9/12.
• Mid-America ATTC National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Supplement (PI: Stilen). Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 10/07 to 9/12.
• Training Residents Across Disciplines in SBIRT Services (Dissemination Director: Gotham; Dissemination Consultant: Stilen). Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to University of Missouri-Columbia. 10/09 to 9/12.
• Family Assertive Community Treatment (Evaluation Director: Gotham). Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to Johnson County Mental Health Center. 10/09 to 9/12.
• Utilizing Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) to Support Recovery from Opioid Addiction (PI: Krom). Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 10/11 to 9/12.
• Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness (Conference Chair: Gotham). Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 6/11 to 5/12.
• Community Reinforcement Approach [CRA] Program (Evaluator: Gotham). Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City to Johnson County Mental Health Center. 09/12 to 9/13.
• Primary Care for Substance Abuse Professionals Online Course (PI: Krom). National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. 3/12 to 12/12.
• Addiction Training for Nurses Using SBIRT (ATN-SBIRT) (Evaluator: Gotham). Health Resources and Services Administration to University of Pittsburgh-School of Nursing. 11/10 to 11/12.
• BHbusiness: Mastering Essential Business Operations (PI: Erin Hobbs). State Associations of Addiction Services. 9/13-9/14.