The Collaborative Care Model for depression is a health systems-based intervention strategy that was developed to increase patient engagement and the delivery of evidence-based treatments for depression through the reorganization of care within the primary care setting. It has very strong evidence for decreasing depressive symptoms and improving functioning among adults.
In this model, care is coordinated by a care manager who plays a critical role in:
- assessing, educating and engaging the patient;
- assisting in the delivery of evidence-based treatments;
- monitoring depressive symptoms and response to treatment over time;
- coordinating with the primary care team and psychiatric supervisory team.
The “Reach Out 4 Teens” intervention is an adapted version of the IMPACT Collaborative Care Model.* Adaptations, detailed in the figure above, were aimed at making the intervention developmentally sensitive for adolescents and their parents.
*Unützer J, Katon W, Callahan CM, et al. Collaborative Care Management of Late-Life Depression in the Primary Care Setting: A Randomized Controlled Trial. JAMA.2002;288(22):2836-2845. doi:10.1001/jama.288.22.2836.