Co-EARTH and SIM Learning Collaborative

Friday, June 24, 2016

7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


If there are any questions regarding registration for this day please call Dulce Egan at 298-2594

St. Mary’s Medical Center
Saccomanno Education Center (5th Floor)
Grand Junction, Colorado 81501

Please park in parking garage, Level 4
(7th Street & Wellington Avenue)

Symposium Objectives

  • Network with CO-EARTH and other invited RMHP practices to report and share successes and challenges in working toward integrated behavioral health care models.
  • Explain key conceptual tenets of coordinated, co-located, and integrated care and their in uence on clinic operations and patient care outcomes.
  • Discuss changes in statewide and federal healthcare delivery systems with a focus on key changes in development through partnerships between SIM and third-party payers in Colorado.
  • Appraise the strengths and limitations of the clinical, operational, and nancial processes of integrated care in individual practices.
  • Describe best practices in psychopharmacological and brief behavioral health interventions to manage biomedical and psychosocial problems.
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Conference Agenda

7:30 – 8:00 a.m.

Registration & continental breakfast

8:00 – 8:10 a.m.


Alex Schmidt, PhD, LMFT-A and Michael Olson, PhD, LMFT

8:20 – 9:50 a.m.

CO-EARTH: Sharing Successes and Challenges

Randall Reitz, PhD, LMFT, Michael Olson, PhD, LMFT and St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency / CO-EARTH

8:20 – 9:50 a.m.

SIM: Collaborative Learning Session

10:00 –10:35 a.m.

Leadership in Creating a Culture to Support Integrated Care

Frank deGruy III, MD

10:30 –10:45 a.m.


10:45 –11:40 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Diverse Work ows to Support Integrated Care Practices

Primary Care Partners Juniper Family Medicine

11:45 a.m. –12:45 p.m.

Lunch Session: Risk Strati cation of Patients with High Need for Behavioral Health Services

Macaran Baird, MD and Patrick Page, MD

12:55 –1:40 p.m.

Small Group Discussions and Networking

Content experts and RMHP coaches

1:40 –1:50 p.m.


1:50 –2:55 p.m.

Emerging Roles on Healthcare Teams and their Contributions to Behavioral Health Services

Alexander Blount, MD

2:35 –3:10 p.m.

Pediatric Primary Care Behavioral Health

Jodi Polaha, PhD

3:10 –3:20 p.m.


3:20 –3:50 p.m.

The State of Integration in Colorado: Sponsored Initiatives and Payment Models

Patrick Gordon, MPA

4:00 –4:15 p.m.


Frank deGruy III, MD


Keynote: Frank deGruy III, MD

Chair, University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine, Denver, CO

Michael Olson, PhD, LMFT

Faculty, St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency, Grand Junction, CO

Macaran Baird, MD

Department Head and Professor, University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Minneapolis, MN

Patrick Page, MD

Western Colorado Physicians Group, Grand Junction, CO

Alexander Blount, MD

Director of Behavioral Science, University of Massachusetts Medical School Family Medicine Community Health, Worcester, MA

Kate Pierce, MD

Juniper Family Medicine, Grand Junction, CO

Perry Dickinson, MD

Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine, Denver, CO

Jodi Polaha, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

Patrick Gordon, MPA

Associate Vice President of Community Integration, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Denver, CO

Randall Reitz, PhD, LMFT

Director of Behavioral Sciences, St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency, Grand Junction, CO

Stephanie Kirschner, MSPH, RD

Instructor, Practice Facilitation Program Manager, University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine, Denver, CO

Alex Schmidt, LMFT

Medical Family Therapy Fellow, St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency Program, Grand Junction, CO

Credits and Accommodations

Continuing Education Credits

St. Mary’s Medical Center is accredited by the Colorado Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

St. Mary’s Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hotel Accommodations

The Double Tree by Hilton, please call the hotel directly at 970-241-8888 and ask for the SCL Health Rate. Rooms are limited so please reserve your room as soon as possible. Rates: $135.15 +tax/night, two queen beds, $143.65+tax/night, one king bed.