Integrated Behavioral Health Academy at Denver Health
Experts with real-world experience. Dedicated to advancing your integration.
Denver Health has successfully integrated behavioral health into our nine primary care clinics and many of our specialty clinics. Our integrated behavioral health department is financially sustained through billing; no grants or organizational write-off. We have a robust standardized program with interdisciplinary behavioral health providers including: psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers and addiction counselors. The Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) Academy is comprised of these individuals who use their expertise to teach professionals and medical systems the tools necessary to provide this challenging, yet rewarding service.
What We Offer
The IBH Academy supports individual clinicians and medical practices in Colorado and beyond to help them achieve their integration goals. Whether you take a course or consult with the IBH Academy, you will be learning from individuals who have nationally recognized expertise and ongoing practice experience with patients across the lifespan.
The IBH Academy offers:
- Classroom trainings for behavioral health clinicians and primary care teams to learn essential skills for successful practice.
- Practice coaching & consultations for clinics or systems looking to establish or advance IBH services.
- Learning consortia & online resource sharing for behavioral health clinicians to garner professional support and receive peer consultation.
- Professional presentations for trainings, conferences and on-site seminars.
Our foundation courses are a collection of intensive workshops geared towards behavioral health clinicians and primary care team members (medical providers and clinical support staff) who have become accustomed to practicing in their own silos. These courses do not teach the fundamentals of diagnosis, treatment and collaboration associated with routine care in any discipline. Rather, trainees will learn the essential skills necessary to be successful practicing within an integrated setting. All courses are held on-site at one of our integrated clinics, so you can see the concepts in practice during a tour.
Practice Coaching & Consultations
Whether your practice is just starting to integrate or is looking to optimize or advance integration, our experts can provide invaluable information and insight in the areas of clinical intervention, financial sustainability and systems operations. Consultation is tailored for each practice. It varies from a one-time discussion to ongoing support. Recent consultation projects include: Child Obesity/Health Lifestyle Clinic, Dental Behavioral Health Integration, Home Care Program for CHildren with Special Needs.
For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation, please email us.
The IBH Academy faculty is available to present its work at upcoming conferences, as well as, provide individualized training workshops in your community or at your healthcare facility. Topics include: Using Technology and Tools in Integrated Primary Care, Suicide Prevention in Primary Care, Self-care/Burnout Prevention, Mental Health 101 for Care Team/Support Staff, Facilitation of Balint Groups for Medical and Behavioral Health Providers.
If you'd like to invite our faculty to come present, email us.
Why Choose the IBH Academy?
Our trainings and consultations are practice-based, developed from over a decade of direct service to our patients
- We tailor our consultations to the needs of your agency
- We teach evidenced-based interventions to help patients move toward better health outcomes
- We help teams work more effectively together to transform practice
- We achieved the “holy grail” of IBH—financial sustainability through billing—and can speak to this process
Jeremy Vogt, PhD is the director of the IBH Academy. Dr. Vogt is a licensed psychologist and behavioral health consultant at Denver Health’s Eastside Adult and Intensive Outpatient clinics. He completed his residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in integrated behavioral health and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) in public mental health policy, planning and program evaluation. He has a special interest in suicide prevention training in primary care and has delivered several talks and national training on this topic. Dr. Vogt is also a member of Denver Health’s Violence Prevention Committee.
Jen Grote, PhD is a subject matter expert for classroom training curricula geared toward behavioral health providers. She also consults on programmatic aspects of IBH, including provider hiring and retention, innovation development and model fidelity. Dr. Grote is a licensed psychologist at Denver Health and also the Director of IBH. Throughout her career as a psychologist and administrator, she has worked with underserved populations and is committed to developing evidence-based, integrated behavioral health practices that best meet the needs of patients throughout the state of Colorado. She believes the IBH Academy serves to address this need as well as train a passionate and knowledgeable workforce to provide high-quality IBH services.
Caroline Hale, LCSW is responsible for overseeing the development of the IBH Academy’s classroom training curricula. Ms. Hale is a licensed clinical social worker and behavioral health consultant at the Family and Internal Medicine Clinic on the Denver Health campus. Prior to coming to Denver Health, Ms. Hale practiced for 30 years in various capacities as a mediator, caseworker and psychotherapist. She was formerly the Senior Director of the Adoption Exchange Education Center, responsible for training grants, training and supervising trainers in Colorado, Nevada and Missouri.
Samantha Monson, PsyD founded and previously led the IBH Academy. Dr. Monson is a licensed psychologist and behavioral health consultant at Denver Health’s Lowry Family Health Center. Dr. Monson is both residency and fellowship trained in integrated behavioral health and was one of the first clinicians dedicated to piloting IBH at Denver Health. She served as co-chair of the Colorado Promoting Integrated Care Sustainability (CoPICS) advisory board, which spurred policy clarification to allow same-day billing of co-located behavioral health and primary medical care services. Dr. Monson has been a leader in numerous IBH grants at Denver Health, including from TCHF, Advancing Care Together, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and Colorado Access.
Sarah Murray, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and subject matter expert for classroom training curricula geared toward primary care providers. She works as behavioral health consultant at the Eastside Clinic of Denver Health, consulting in both Pediatric and Women's Care clinics. She has extensive trauma training, including training in EMDR, and has spent many years working with individuals who have experienced trauma. Ms. Murray is passionate about providing behavioral healthcare in the primary care setting and is eager to share knowledge about how primary care professionals can begin the healing for trauma in our patients.
Kimberly Mahon, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and behavioral health consultant at Denver Health's Federico Pena Family Health Center. She completed her master's degree at University of Denver, completing an additional certification in interpersonal trauma. Kim completed internships in the school and medical settings. Kim has a special interest in addictions and is completing her Licensed Addictions Certification this year. Kim also has a special interest in transgender health care and is working with the IBH Academy to develop trainings to address affirmative behavioral health practices for transgender patients in primary care. Previous experiences include community mental health and school social work.
Joseph Longo, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and behavioral health consultant at Denver Health's Early Intervention HIV Clinic and Westside Adult Internal Medicine Clinic. He completed postdoctoral training in integrated care at Salud Family Health Centers. Dr. Longo has been active in developing diversity competency training for both medical and mental health providers and behavioral health protocols for affirmative care for transgender patients within the Denver Health system and in conjunction with the Denver Health LGBT Center of Excellence. Previous experiences include federally qualified community health centers, correctional care, and college counseling centers.
Brinda Prabhakar-Gippert, PhD, is a licensed psychologist at Denver Health and subject matter expert with IBH Academy. She is a behavioral health consultant at the Webb Pediatric and Healthy Lifestyle clinics and also supervises the tele-counseling program. She completed her residency and post-doctoral training at Denver Health. Dr. Prabhakar-Gippert has special interest in health behavior change, obesity management, and tele-health.
Elizabeth Lowdermilk, M.D., is a board certified psychiatrist at Denver Health and subject matter expert for classroom training curricula on psychopharmacology in primary care. Dr. Lowdermilk completed oth her medical school and psychiatric residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She also holds a Master's Degree in counseling psychology. Dr. Lowdermile is an instructor with the Dept. of Psychiatry through the CU School of Medicine. She is also a former president of the Colorado Psychiatric Society.
Zachary Catir, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and behavioral health consultant at Denver Health's Eastside Adult Clinic and Webb Internal Medicine Clinic. He completed his graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice in 2011. Mr. Catir has a particular interest in psychopharmacology and homeless advocacy and has worked for several years with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Since joining Denver Health, Mr. Catir has worked closely with Dr. Elizabeth Lowdermilk to develop a psychopharmacology training now being offered through the Denver Health IBH Academy.