SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS)

The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) continually updates its website to present the best and newest resources and information relevant to integrated primary and behavioral health care. Check out some of these new resources or just peruse the site.



  • Review the webinar, Critical Skills for Activating Self-Management, to learn the key steps to activating self-management among the people you serve, particularly for chronic conditions, to encourage and sustain healthy behavior.
  • Read the Healthy Behavior Change E-Guide, designed by the College for Behavioral Health Leadership, to find tools to help empower and activate healthy behavior change in the individuals that you serve.


  • Get more information on HRSA’s Health Center Program Service Area Competition, which is designed to support patient-directed public and private nonprofit organizations that provide primary and preventive health care services to the medically underserved. Apply before April 4, 2016.
  • Review the HRSA Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP) that supports telehealth programs and networks that improve access to quality health care services in rural, frontier, and underserved communities. TNGP networks: (a) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of health care services; (b) improve and expand the training of health care providers; and/or (c) expand and improve the quality of health information available to health care providers, patients and their families, for decision-making. Apply before April 8, 2016.
  • Learn more about SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework - Partnerships for Success, offered by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. The program is designed to address two of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities: underage drinking among persons aged 12 to 20; and prescription drug misuse among persons aged 12 to 25. It is intended to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance misuse and related problems while strengthening prevention capacity and infrastructure at the state, tribal, and community levels. Apply before April 12, 2016.


  • Read Using Peers to Support Physical and Mental Health Integration, a brief from the National Academy for State Health Policy, to understand how peers can bridge the gap between physical and behavioral health services for people with serious mental illness as part of a whole-person, recovery-oriented system of care.
  • Register for Primary Care Providers Working in Mental Health Settings , a five-part online curriculum that can be used to inform primary care professionals working in public mental health settings about the unique aspects of behavioral health settings and the roles that they play in improving the whole health of individuals with serious mental illnesses. CME credits are available.
  • Review Optimizing Transgender Health: A Core Course for Healthcare Providers, an online training series designed to educate providers on the health care needs of the transgender community. Medical professionals can earn free continuing education credits for completing the courses.


With the goal of improving the physical health status of people with mental illnesses and addictions, CIHS provides technical assistance to grantees in the SAMHSA PBHCI programSAMHSA MAI-CoC program, and entities such as those funded through HRSA to address the health care needs of individuals with mental illnesses, substance use and co-occurring disorders, including HRSA Community Health Center Behavioral Health Integration awardees.


  • recent CNN article highlights the value of integrated care and how provider partnerships are improving patients' physical and mental health. The article features the work of behavioral health providers in the SAMHSA PBHCI grantee program, including: San Fernando Mental Health Center, LifeStream Behavioral Health Center, the Institute for Family Health and Tarzana Treatment Centers.