Valley Health Awarded $1.5 Million Grant

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Congratulations to Karen Dorr and the Valley Health team for securing this grant! The grant is to integrate behavioral health at its Berkeley County Family Medicine Practices.   

“Valley Health continues to be at the forefront of integrating behavioral health care into our service delivery model so that we reach more patients, address critical community needs, and improve population health in our community,” Dorr explains. “This grant will allow us to further our vision of behavioral health integration not only into these primary care clinics, but into an academic experience for nursing and social work students who will grow in their practice to address behavioral health needs in the communities they serve.”

Article Credit:  Valley Health Press Release. Read full version here.

Winchester, VA, July 13, 2020 -- Valley Health System, in partnership with Shepherd University and ADAPT (A Division for Advancing Prevention & Treatment) at the University of Baltimore, has been awarded a $1.5 million Behavioral Health Integration grant for Project TRIUMPH (Train, Respect, Integrate, & Understand Mental Health for Population Health) from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The three-year grant began July 1.


The purpose of Project TRIUMPH is two-fold:

1) to increase access to behavioral health, substance use, and suicide prevention services through three Valley Health primary care clinics and their community partners in the rural, underserved communities of Martinsburg and Hedgesville, West Virginia; and

2) to develop the primary care practices as clinical education sites to train and prepare the future nursing and social work workforce in those communities through an academic-practice partnership with Shepherd University.

Three behavioral health care managers will work with the nurse-led family medicine practices to provide screening, early intervention, and referral services for behavioral health, substance use, and suicide risk, and coordinate psychiatric telehealth consultation to support the collaborative care model. Students will be actively involved in the model. The clinics will prepare the future nursing and social work workforces by facilitating their competency in evidence-based practices for depression, anxiety, substance use (SBIRT), suicide prevention, and telehealth technology. Through the academic-practice partnership with nearby Shepherd University, the Project TRIUMPH clinics will work to develop tomorrow’s workforce with the skill set and motivation to work in the prevention realm through specific curriculum instruction and Shepherd University faculty support will further extend the impact of Project TRIUMPH.

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