Missouri has pioneered a program for Medicaid beneficiaries with severe mental illness that is based in community mental health centers (CMHCs) and provides care coordination and disease management to address the "whole person," including both mental illness and chronic medical conditions.
In Federal Fiscal Year 2009, SAMHSA accepted applications for its Grants for Primary and Behavioral
Health Care Integration (PBHCI). Three sites were awarded in Texas: Austin, Houston and Lubbock.
The Lubbock Regional Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center (LRMHMRC) submitted and has
been awarded SAMHSA grant for a Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Project. LRMHMRC
will work with the Larry Combest Community Health and Wellness
Center to initiate a clinic that will integrate primary medical
services into psychiatric/mental health services provided to
consumers who have serious mental illnesses.