Center for Behavioral Health Innovation (BHI) Past Projects

BHI is committed to improving mental health and wellness services for underserved populations through program development, selection, and implementation consultation, as well as practice-based participatory research. In essence, BHI helps mental health care agencies learn about and improve their services via systematic data-based feedback loops. BHI’s practice-based participatory research model entails true collaboration with practice sites in discovering high leverage learning opportunities and feasible yet rigorous research and evaluation strategies.

The following are projects that BHI has been involved in and completed since 2002.

Monadnock United Way Collective Impact
Child/Adolescent Integrated Care Evaluation
Antioch University Program Evaluation
NAMI NH Connect Suicide Prevention Program
Integrated Care Evaluation
ANE Rural Collaborative Care Project
ANE/MFS Collaborative Clinical Care Project
ANE/MFS Adolescent Brief Psychotherapy Training Project
Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation
PSC TLDP Training Project
ServiceNET Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy Training Project


Monadnock United Way Collective Impact

September 2013 ; January 2014

Description: The Monadnock chapter of the United Way (MUW) and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation have recently funded a Collective Impact (CI) initiative in the Monadnock Region. In Phase I of the CI initiative, they contracted with the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy to conduct a needs assessment which revealed three area of primary concern: educational attainment, child welfare, and economic opportunity. In Phase II of the CI initiative, they contracted with BHI, in partnership with the Community Health Institute, to work with communities throughout the Monadnock Region, as well as a Steering Committee made up of local executive-level stakeholders, to develop a strategic framework for the CI initiative. Phase II culminated in a report and call to action to improve early childhood development in the Monadnock Region.

Partners: Monadnock United Way, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Community Health Initiative

Funding: 32K

An Investment in Community Well-being: Preparing Monadnock Area Children for the Future
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Child/Adolescent Integrated Care Evaluation

PROJECT PARTNERS: Child Health Services


Antioch University Program Evaluation

March 2011-December 2013

DESCRIPTION: Funded by the Antioch University Chancellors Discretionary Grant, BHI faculty Jim Fauth and George Tremblay consulted with AU-Seattle faculty member Dr. Pat Linn (Project Director) and AU-Santa Barbara faculty Dr. Ryan Sharma to design and implement an innovative course on Program Evaluation (PE) on the Seattle campus, and then adapt it for use on the Antioch University New England campus. Fauth and Tremblay also consulted with and supported the development of a BHI-like evaluation center (the Office for Program Evaluation) led by Dr. Linn, at AUS. The course description can be found here and syllabus for the AUNE version of the course can be found here.

PROJECT PARTNERS: Antioch University Seattle & Antioch University Santa Barbara



NH Connect Statewide Suicide Prevention Program

January 2010;Sept 2013

DESCRIPTION: The NH chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI NH) helped the State of New Hampshire to obtain a three year, 1.5 million dollar grant under the federal Garrett Lee Smith/Youth Suicide Prevention program (administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMSHA). NAMI used this funding to enhance awareness of suicide as a public health issue, strengthen legislation and policies that intersect with suicide risk, and train natural gatekeepers (for example, school counselors, law enforcement, clergy, etc.) to recognize and respond effectively to signs of suicide risk. BHI served as the evaluator for this project, designing and implementing data collection strategies, producing reports, and helping stakeholders to refine and expand the reach of its suicide prevention and postvention initiatives. Sources of evaluation data included interviews, surveys, tracking systems, and other records maintained by the intervention program.

PROJECT PARTNERS: NAMI NH, Connect Suicide Prevention Project (NAMI NH)

FUNDING: 225K NAMI NH ; 3 year contract

Integrated Care Evaluation

September 2009;present
DESCRIPTION: Mental, behavioral, and substance use conditions exact a staggering toll on society and place a heavy burden on primary care, where they are commonplace yet under detected and inadequately treated. Research indicates that integrating behavioral health services within primary care can work under relatively ideal conditions, but we have little information about whether it actually works in the real world of primary care. The magnitude of the behavioral health burden, the ubiquity of these conditions in primary care, and the consequent urgency of finding more effective and practical ways to address this dimensions of health, jointly establish the importance of this study: to generate knowledge about integrated care – and how to improve it – under routine conditions of primary care.

The Integrated Care Evaluation (ICE) project moves beyond the randomized clinical trial method of research to explore and improve integrated care as financially self-sustained in four clinics serving rural and/or underserved populations. The project is designed to: 1) enhance understanding of the allocation, outcomes, and health care expenditures associate with integrated primary care as delivered in naturalistic, underserved settings; 2) demonstrate the effectiveness of participatory practice-based research – as distinct from a “dissemination” model based on randomized clinical trials – for improving health care delivery systems; and 3) advance integrated health care policy in New Hampshire (and beyond). As far as we know, this project is the first effort to formatively evaluate integrated care as practiced in naturalistic settings, to feed the resulting data back into stakeholder-driven, site-specific quality improvement initiatives, and to engage third party payers (Medicaid) in designing summative evaluation to inform health care policy.

Logic Models: ICE Logic Model,
ICE Project Overview
Evaluation designs: ICE Pilot Design,
ICE Baseline/QI Design

Fauth, J., Tremblay, G., & Blanchard, A. (2009, October). The Integrated Care
Evaluation project. In J. Fauth (Chair), Practice-based Research. Symposium conducted at the Meeting of the New England Chapter of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Williamstown, MA.

Fauth, J., Tremblay, G., & Blanchard, A. (2010, June). Participatory practice based research for improving clinical practice from the ground up: The integrated care evaluation project. In J. Fauth (Chair), Beyond Randomized Clinical Trials: Alternative methodologies for enhancing knowledge, developing theory, and improving practice. Symposium conducted at the International Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Asilomar, CA.


  • Planning and pilot phases – 250K Endowment for Health
  • Application for Baseline and QI Phases ; 2.4 M Agency for Healthcare Research and (resubmission submitted March, 2010)


ANE Rural Collaborative Care Project

October 2006;September 2008
DESCRIPTION: BHI received a Planning, Convening, and Technical Assistance Grant ($42,123) from New Hampshire’s Endowment for Health to develop a model program for integrating mental and behavioral health care into primary care settings in Sullivan County, a rural and medically underserved area of the state. BHI collaborated with several major health care stakeholders in the region, including New London Hospital, Valley Regional Hospital, and West Central Behavioral Health. The planning efforts are designed to mobilize the commitment of key stakeholders via a careful planning process that balances national best practice standards with local realities and constraints. The planning process resulted in the development of a model integrative health care program, as well as funding to implement and test the model in Sullivan County. The bulk of the grant money was awarded to students to work directly with area stakeholders, conduct literature reviews on best practices, and conduct research on stakeholder readiness for integrative care.

PROJECT PARTNERS: Endowment for Health, New London Hospital, Valley Regional Hospital, West Central Behavioral Health

Goranson, A., Fauth, J., Phillips, M. (2008). Rural integrative best practices. Prepared for Endowment for Health and Rural Integrative Care Project stakeholders.
Rural Integrative Best Practices

Phillips, M. & Fauth, J. (2008) Readiness study results: Attitudes of patients,
primary care providers, and medical administrators toward integrative care at Newport Health Center. Prepared for Endowment for Health and Rural Integrative Care Project stakeholders.
Readiness Study

Goranson, A., Fauth, J., Phillips, M. (2008). Rural integrative mental health: Best practices extended bibliography. Prepared for Endowment for Health and Rural Integrative Care Project stakeholders.
Literature Review

FUNDING: 42K NH Endowment for Health


ANE/MFS Collaborative Clinical Care Project

PROJECT PARTNERS: Monadnock Family Services


ANE/MFS Adolescent Brief Psychotherapy Training Project

DESCRIPTION: This project was designed to study the effects of providing MFS therapists with timely client progress information and training in brief psychotherapy on the effectiveness and efficiency of their therapy with adolescent clients (age 12-18). Specifically, the objectives of the study are threefold: 1) to assess the effects of providing timely client progress information to therapists on client process and outcome; 2) to assess the effects of a brief therapy training program on client process and outcome; and 3) to assess therapists’ perceptions toward and application of a brief therapy training program. Providing timely client progress information has shown to increase both the efficiency and effectiveness of psychotherapy for adult clients. This line of research has not, however, been extended to adolescent clients. Similarly, psychotherapy training is often offered in community settings, yet almost nothing is known about the effectiveness of such trainings. In fact, we are not aware of any such studies for therapists working primarily with child and adolescent clients in a naturalistic setting. Likewise, little is know about therapists’ perceptions toward and application of such trainings. Overall, the hope was to the responsiveness, efficiency, and effectiveness of adolescent therapy within a context of enhanced clinical feedback, in-depth training, and supplemental consultation.

PROJECT PARTNERS: Monadnock Family Services

Gates, S., Boles, S., & Fauth, J. (2007, June). Organizational and cultural issues in research designed to increase the therapeutic responsiveness of adolescent psychotherapy in a community agency project. Panel Presentation at the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Madison, WI

Gates, S., Boles, S., Lord, H., & Fauth, J. (2006). Lessons learned: A community-based therapy training outcome evaluation project. Presentation at the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research 2006 Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio


Suicide Preventionn Program Evaluation

June 2006;December 2008

DESCRIPTION: BHI served as the program evaluator for a suicide prevention grant awarded to Keene State College Counseling Center. Project was designed to prevent suicide on campus via gatekeeper training, social norms promotion, and town-gown collaboration. For those interested, the Keene State College Counseling website provides many helpful links to this project and the topic of suicide prevention.

PROJECT PARTNERS: Keene State College Counseling Center


PSC TLDP Training Project

September 2002;July 2005

DESCRIPTION: BHI conducted research exploring the effects of training in Time-limited Dynamic Psychotherapy (TLDP). This project lasted for three years. Results of the research revealed several interesting findings: 1) the training improved the effectiveness of the therapy provided by participants, but only during the active training phase and 2) therapists’ emotions were significant predictors of the process of TLDP.

PROJECT PARTNERS: Psychological Services Center

Fauth, J., Mathisen, A., Smith, S. (2006). Reflections on a Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy training project: New directions for brief psychotherapy training. Presentation at the North American Society of Psychotherapy Research 2006 Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio

Fauth, J. (2005). Novice therapists’ use of self: Training issues and implications.
Presentation at the American Psychological Association Conference 2005.
See abstract for: “Reflections on a Time-limited Dynamic Psychotherapy training project: New directions for Brief Psychotherapy Training.”

Mathisen, A, & Fauth, J. (2005). The influence of doctoral trainees’ negative emotions on the process of Time-limited Dynamic Psychotherapy. Presentation at Society of Psychotherapy Research International 2005 Annual Conference in Montreal

Smith, S., Fauth, J., & Mathisen, A (2004). A naturalistic study of the effectiveness of training in Time Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy for clinical psychology trainees. Presententation at the 2004 North American Society for PsychotherapyAnnual Conference in Springdale, UT.


SERVICENET Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy Training Project

DESCRIPTION: BHI developed, implemented, and completed a 9-month training in Time-limited Dynamic Psychotherapy (Strupp & Binder, 1984) for interested clinicians at Servicenet, a community-based mental health center in Northhampton, MA. The trainings were co-facilitated by Jim Fauth, the director of BHI, and Ben Skolnik, an ANE student. The training included six 3-hour workshops in which didactic information and demonstrations were presented and practice exercises were conducted. The training also included biweekly peer supervision sessions for 6 months supervised by Ben and Jim. Program evaluation revealed that the trainings were well received by clinicians but that contextual/organizational factors served as barriers to integrating the training fully into their work with clients.


FUNDING: $5,500