Kalamazoo Collaborative Care Program

Five years ago a group of compassionate friends came together to honor Jim Field and Tom Harding, who lost their lives to suicide. Through the tireless efforts of many community volunteers and organizations including WMed, the University of Michigan Depression Center, both Ascension Borgess and Bronson hospitals, and Kalamazoo Community Mental Health, a strategy for addressing mental health concerns was created. We are grateful to our partners who came together to make the Kalamazoo Collaborative Care Program a reality.  

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The Kalamazoo Collaborative Care Program (KCCP) was initiated after several local community members died from suicide. These incidents brought to light the urgent need for early recognition and intervention for depression in the community as a way of preventing these tragedies from happening again.

The KCCP has brought together community members to take action on increasing access and improving mental health care in Kalamazoo. The University of Michigan Depression Center provides consultation with the program.

The KCCP is implementing a collaborative care model of identification and treatment - an innovative way of improving access and the quality of mental health care provided by primary care clinicians. In this model the primary care clinician is supported by an on-site case manager and a consulting psychiatrist. Patients are proactively screened and contacted on a regular basis so no one falls through the cracks.

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We invite you to join in providing funding for this important community program. The Kalamazoo Collaborative Care Program will be implemented in one pilot clinic within Kalamazoo and then disseminated to other practices in the community. Gifts to the program will allow for implementation, program evaluation, and site dissemination.

Help Kalamazoo take its next steps towards this goal of providing accessible and outstanding mental health care in its primary care clinics and bring about this remarkable vision of ensuring everyone has access to much needed services.

Give now at http://mywmu.com/kccpfund or by clicking the button above, or checks* may be made out to WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine and mailed to:

WMU Foundation
1903 W. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

*Please indicate KCCP in the memo line or cover letter.

For questions, and to learn more about this program and other opportunities of giving contact Al Shifflett III at 269.337.4483 or al.shifflett@med.wmich.edu.

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