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Behavioral Health Integration Project (BHIP) 

The goal of the Behavioral Health Integration Project (BHIP) is to promote the exchange of health information among behavioral health and medical care providers to achieve better care. Grant activities will help licensed substance abuse and mental health practitioners to better coordinate patient care with their clients’ primary care providers through secure electronic health information exchange. Ensuring appropriate access to relevant patient information, such as current medications and medication history, holds great promise for improving the overall health of patients.

Behavioral Health Medical Concerns

Behavioral health conditions, such as substance abuse or mental health issues, often trigger the onset of chronic ailments such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes.  According to the Service Administration of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (SAMHSA), sixty-eight percent of individuals with a mental health disorder have one or more medical conditions. Of the nearly sixty percent of adults with a medical condition, about one-third have a co-occurring mental disorder. Those with co-occurring mental health disorders experience much poorer health outcomes.


Illinois has received $600,000 in federal funding to support the Behavioral Health Integration Project (BHIP). The grant is administered by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare on behalf of the Center for Integrated Health Services (CIHS), a joint project of the Service Administration of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (SAMHSA) and Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA). Maine, Rhode Island, Kentucky and Oklahoma also received behavioral health grants. These efforts also support Illinois’ Care Innovations Program which seeks to coordinate care for Illinois’ Medicaid recipients, focusing on improved preventive and follow-up treatments. 

Illinois’ BHIP is a joint effort of the Illinois Office of Health Information Technology, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, with active support and participation from dozens of behavioral health and medical care organizations throughout the state.

BHIP Collaborations

BHIP will work to develop the legal and operational framework necessary to protect confidentiality while helping to facilitate data exchange. The project will engage the behavioral health provider community, statewide associations and convene legal experts to build this framework and test it in several demonstration sites throughout the state.

BHIP Template Consent Toolkit for ILHIE Direct

The Behavioral Health Integration Project (BHIP) Template Consent Toolkit is designed to provide an easy, streamlined process for behavioral health providers to obtain and manage patient consent, specifically as it relates to exchanging patient information through ILHIE Direct, point-to-point secure messaging. This template consent tool-kit for ILHIE Direct offers forms that can be adapted to the operating standards of providers in exchanging health information with healthcare partners. 

Click Here to access the toolkit.


BHIP News and Information

Additional BHIP Information

BHIP Trade Association Partners

BHIP Capacity Study Outreach Partners

The two Illinois Regional Extension Centers (RECs), which provide technical assistance to health providers and professionals in implementing and becoming "meaningful users" of electronic health records, are serving as outreach partners for the BHIP Capacity Study: