Three Rivers Health has received a one-year planning grant of $84,500 from the office of Health Services Research Administration for the work that will be done to integrate mental health services into the primary care setting. That was the word from President & CEO Matt Chambers yesterday (May 29th) in his report to the Three Rivers Health Authority Board on major activities in the last 30 days. The integration work will be done in conjunction with Three Rivers Health’s two partners in this initiative, St. Joseph County Community Mental Health (CMH) and Sturgis Hospital. Chambers noted that he, Board Chairman Larry Clark, and CMH Executive Director Liz O’Dell attended the National Council for Behavioral Health conference in Boston from April 29th through May 3rd. He reported, “I had the opportunity to be a presenter, using our model of integrated primary care, and we had a great opportunity to learn from other organizations who have taken different approaches to this issue.” According to Chambers, Three Rivers Health and CMH began offering the integrated services this month at Three Rivers Health Family Care, the new building across from Three Rivers High School, and described what is being done locally as “very cutting edge.” Chambers indicated that, after the first year planning grant, Three Rivers Health will be eligible for second and third-year implementation grant funding.