Michigan Mental Health Integration Partnership (MIP)

Shirley Terlecki, MA, Interim Program Manager, Frederic C. Blow, PhD Director

Adrienne Lapidos, PhD, Earns MIP Scholar Award for Work Implementing an Intervention to Promote Oral Health Among Medicaid-insured Individuals with Serious Mental Illness

The Michigan Mental Health Integration Partnership (MIP), in collaboration with the University of Michigan and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), aims to address unmet mental health needs by implementing and evaluating innovative programs to improve the lives of Michigan residents. 

One in four adults will suffer from a mental illness in any given year. Mental or behavioral health issues can be debilitating independently, but unfortunately, over half of people living with mental illnesses also have additional general medical conditions. Managing multiple health issues can be complicated and costly, requiring multifaceted care management. Even with a high demand for care, people often face obstacles when attempting to access care. There is a deep need to improve care access in a financially strategic way.

The Michigan Mental Health Integration Partnership (MIP), in collaboration with the University of Michigan and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), aims to address this unmet need by implementing and evaluating innovative programs to improve the lives of Michigan residents by supporting the scale up and spread of best practices that enhance access to care for consumers with behavioral health care needs. Through public-private partnerships with provider organizations and community foundations, MIP involves U-M clinical experts working with community partners to implement state-of-the-art care models to enhance quality of care and well-being of children and adults from lower income communities in Michigan. MIP continually works to inform the MDHHS regarding integrated care best practices and aims to improve overall health in Michigan and beyond.

Since 2005, MIP has supported projects through a variety of U-M departments via 1:1 matched funding primarily from foundations, non-profits, or other non-federal funding source along with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Fiscal Year 2020 includes sponsored projects, totaling over 18 sponsored projects, totaling over $4 million dollars in funding. Through these projects, faculty members from psychiatry, social work, and pediatrics will apply their expertise and improve the lives of Michigan residents. Projects range from single-site demonstrations of wellness initiatives to larger, cross agency partnerships that promote collaborative care throughout Michigan.

Examples of initiatives currently receiving matched funds include:

  • Implementation and evaluation of a statewide school-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) coach training program with mental health professionals;
  • Implementation of integrated mental health services in primary care and other settings;
  • Evaluation of the delivery and sustainability of a brief trauma-focused treatment (PE-PC) in Federally Qualified Health Centers across Michigan;
  • Development and evaluation of a perinatal program for high-risk women to promote positive maternal-fetal/infant outcomes;
  • Assessment of the gaps in provider/staff knowledge and capacity in meeting the behavioral health needs of adolescents in Michigan.

MIP continues to help U-M investigators implement their projects by facilitating the application process for matched funding through MDHHS and by providing administrative assistance through the fiscal year. Among other tasks, the MIP team provides consultation on the initial project application and budget, communicates state priorities to increase the likelihood of being awarded funding, and assists with state IRB requirements. Applications are accepted four times per year, with the next internal review deadline being January 6, 2021. Please contact the MIP team at MIPleadership@umich.edu if you have an ideas for a potential project.

Call for Michigan Mental Health Integration Partnership (MIP) Submissions

Are you interested in receiving matched funding?

  • Do you have a project that focuses on evaluation, integration, or implementation of physical and mental health services across traditionally underserved settings?
  • Does your project address or inform needs of Michigan’s Medicaid consumers beyond a single setting/practice?
  • Can your project objectives be accomplished within one year?
  • Does your project involve implementation and/or evaluation activities that are NOT considered research (e.g. no patient level randomization of new treatments)?
  • Does the source of matched funding come from a non-federal grant or fund (e.g., department, foundation, gift money, other)?
  • Are the majority of consumers involved in the project enrolled in Medicaid or eligible for Medicaid coverage?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you may be eligible for matched funding through MIP. Please contact the MIP team at MIPleadership@umich.edu for more information about the program, project eligibility, and the submission process.



MIP Guide FY21