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DOCC Collaborative Care Model is Associated with Lowered Mental Health Cost

An in-press study recently found that Doctor Office Collaborative Care (DOCC) group had significantly lower mental health costs during the acute intervention period and at both 6 and 12 month follow-ups, relative to enhanced usual care involving a facilitated referral to a local specialty provider. The study by Dr. Hao Yu, David Kolko, and Eunice Torres will appear in the journal Families, Systems, and Health.

 

Upcoming Article on Pediatric Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)

An article by Drs. Joan Rosenbaum Asarnow, David J. Kolko, Jeanne Miranda, and Anne. E. Kazak in an upcoming series in the American Psychologist examines the concept of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) as it applies to children and adolescents. The article emphasizes care for behavioral health conditions, the role of psychology and psychological science, and next steps for developing evidence-informed models for the Pediatric PCMH. The PCMH concept for pediatric populations offers unique opportunities for psychological science to inform and enhance the transformation of the United States (U.S.) health care system aimed at improving population health, the patient experience and quality of care, and reducing costs.

 

Learning Collaborative Final Training Session

Dr. Kolko participated in a final training session for a learning collaborative designed to promote the use of Doctor Office Collaborative Care (DOCC) with clinicians, supervisors, and administrators in a cohort of FQHC’s. The 6-month learning community provided training and consultation, along with evidence based guidelines and implementation support.

 

Pediatric Learning Collaborative: Training In Evidence-Based Treatment Skills for ADHD & Behavior Problems

David Kolko conducted the Pediatric Learning Collaborative: Training In Evidence-Based Treatment Skills for ADHD & Behavior Problems (co-led with Amy Laughlin and Jack Rozel) to teach the content of the DOCC model to the medical and behavioral staff of five primary care practices in Pennsylvania, with the support of Community Care Behavioral Health at the Penn Stater in State College, PA.

 

Online Care Management Materials for Caregivers

We will soon have an online supplement to the primary clinical guidelines found in our Doctor Office Collaborative Care (DOCC) protocol. This supplement will help parents who have minimal contact with on-site care or who would benefit from additional self-management guidelines.

 

Further Evidence in Support of the Integration of Behavioral Health Services in Pediatric Primary Care

The first meta-analysis on this topic has just been published by our colleagues Joan Asarnow, Michelle Rozenman, Jessica Wiblin, and Lonnie Zelzer (2015) in the August 2015 issue of JAMA Pediatrics. The issue includes an invited editorial by David Kolko in response to the publication of this important empirical review.

 

The Status of Integrated Pediatric Behavioral Health Services in Pennsylvania: A Provider Survey

The SKIP team is completing a report from a survey of pediatric providers in Pennsylvania (clinicians and physicians), funded by the Health Policy Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. The report will document ratings in several domains related to the delivery of integrated care: services or functions, benefits, barriers, training interests/needs, and next steps.

 

New Publication

Asarnow, J., Kazak, A., Miranda, J., & Kolko, D. J. (in press). The Pediatric Patient Centered Medical Home: Innovative Models for Improving Behavioral Health. American Psychologist.

 

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