As part of the ICTP Fellowship program, fellows implement a Collaborative Care psychiatric consultation pilot using telehealth technologies in primary care clinics across Washington. In this first year of the ICTP Fellowship program, we have partnered with MultiCare and Providence at primary care sites within their respective health systems.
Eatonville MultiCare Clinic
UW ICTP has teamed up with MultiCare to help adopt the Collaborative Care model at the Eatonville MultiCare clinic. Eatonville is a small community, population ~3000, located about 50 miles south of Seattle, and is considered to be a gateway community for Mount Rainier and surrounding recreational areas. The Eatonville site is a small remote clinic where physicians and staff are dedicated to providing comprehensive services and quality care for the entire family. With no on-site psychiatrist, the Eatonville Clinic has two behavioral health therapists and an established culture of innovation and collaborative teamwork between primary care physicians, behavioral health providers, nursing, and medical support staff.
Providence Internal Medicine Clinic
The ICTP partnership with Providence takes place at the Providence Internal Medicine Clinic in Spokane. Spokane, located in eastern Washington just 20 miles from the Idaho border, is the second largest city in Washington with a population of over 200,000. The Providence Internal Medicine Clinic aims to provide the full continuum of care, and to work collaboratively across traditional boundaries to develop patient-centered practices that help make lifelong quality care accessible and affordable. On-site psychiatry is available but limited, and therefore there is a strong interest in adopting Collaborative Care to leverage psychiatric consultation to provide more access to effective mental health care.
We are enthusiastic about partnering with each of these sites to increase effective treatment in primary care and expand access to psychiatric expertise in community settings through Collaborative Care and tele-psychiatry to medical providers.