Integrated Behavioral and Primary Care for Safety Net Patients in Michigan


Michigan’s safety net organizations serve as the default system of care for low-income residents and other groups with serious physical and mental illnesses. These residents may have limited health insurance or no coverage at all.

Michigan-based safety net organizations that are working to integrate behavioral and substance abuse care into primary care settings are eligible for a grant.

We'll consider organizations that add primary care to behavioral health settings, as long as the grantee is a primary care medical home.

The aim of this program is to help our providers implement one or more evidence-based practices in a new clinical program or site. It also helps to enhance an existing integrated care program.

These practices could affect:

  • Technology
  • Systems
  • Staff 
  • Clinical training and processes

Grant winners can also use the funds to design, develop and test an innovative practice.

The typical grant we award is between $50,000 and $75,000. In total, we'll award close to $535,000 for up to ten grants. Each grant can last up to 18 months.

Projects should establish integrated models of care that can be evaluated, replicated and sustained after grant funding ends.

Proposals are due by midnight April 18, 2016. For further program details and eligibility, please see the Integrated Care brochure (PDF) and Integrated Care application packet (PDF).

Program sponsors

  • The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Social Mission department
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Ethel and James Flinn Foundation