SIM Minnesota Monthly Update – November 30, 2015

State Innovation Model (SIM) Updates

November 30, 2015

Stay Informed

Visit the Minnesota Accountable Health Model website for printable fact sheets for various Minnesota Accountable Health Model topic areas and an updated map of service areas throughout Minnesota.

Round three Practice Transformation Grant Awards

Minnesota supports movement towards integration of behavioral health 

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is awarding a third round of Practice Transformation Grants to 24 organizations totaling $239,752.  These awards support each grantee's participation in the Behavioral Health Home First Implementer's group and the implementation of an action plan to move them toward behavioral health home certification.  Each received a six month grant with a maximum award of $10,000 per recipient.

The selected grantee’s serve a broad geographic area, including 12 rural, nine metro and three suburban organizations. The organizations funded through round three of the Practice Transformation grant program include:

  1. Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, St. Paul
  2. Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center-Counseling Center, Minneapolis
  3. Fraser, Minneapolis
  4. Guild, Inc., St. Paul
  5. Lakeland Mental Health Center, Fergus Falls
  6. Mental Health Resources, Inc., St. Paul
  7. Mental Health Systems, PC, Edina
  8. Natalis Counseling and Psychology Solutions, St. Paul
  9. Northland Counseling Center, Inc., Grand Rapids
  10. Northwestern Mental Health Center, Crookston
  11. Range Mental Health Center, Virginia
  12. Range Regional Health Services, Hibbing
  13. Sanford Medical Center, Thief River Falls
  14. South Central Human Relations Center, Owatonna
  15. South Lake Pediatrics, Minnetonka
  16. South Metro Human Services, St. Paul
  17. Southwestern Mental Health Center, Luverne
  18. Stellher Human Services, Inc., Bemidji
  19. Touchstone Mental Health, Minneapolis
  20. University of Minnesota/Community University Health Care Center (CUHCC), Minneapolis
  21. Vail Place, Hopkins
  22. Western Mental Health Center, Marshall
  23. Woodland Centers, Willmar
  24. Zumbro Valley Health Center, Rochester 

This initiative is part of a $45 million State Innovation Model (SIM) cooperative agreement, awarded to the Minnesota Departments of Health and Human Services (DHS) in 2013 by The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to help implement the Minnesota Accountable Health Model.

2015 Regional Meetings

The Minnesota Accountable Health Model is supporting a series of events in communities across Minnesota.  

State Innovation Model (SIM) grantees, residents, families, health and human service professionals and other community leaders are invited to attend this year's final regional meeting in December.  Attendees will have the opportunity to share stories, shape community priorities, and build partnerships.  The event is free and open to the public, no registration is required.


  • Thursday, December 3, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
  • Resilience and Healing Community Conversation. A light dinner will be served at 5:30, the program will begin at 6:00 PM.
  • Co-hosted by Peacemaker Resources, Bemidji​
  • Location: Northwest Minnesota Foundation, 201 3rd St. NW, Bemidji​

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJ) RFP

Request for proposals: Evaluating High-Value Innovations from Low-Resource Communities

The RWJ is committed to seeking value from all levels of investment in health care, public health, and population health. Through this call for proposals the Foundation intends to pursue several objectives: (1) to identify promising innovations to improve health being implemented in low-resource communities, (2) to evaluate whether the innovations improve health care quality and health without increasing costs; and (3) to disseminate these innovations as examples for other communities to implement. 

The evaluation of innovations from low-resource communities is the primary objective of this call for proposals. To learn more please visit the RWJ Website. Proposals are due December 10th. 

Round 2 Learning Community Grant Award

As a part of the Minnesota Accountable Health Model - State Innovation Model (SIM) initiative, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has awarded one grant in round two of the Learning Community program.

The SIM project defines a Learning Community as a team that has common goals or interests, shares best practice knowledge and is actively engaged in implementing transformation in a focused, structured environment with the goal to advance patient-centered, coordinated and accountable care.

Learning Community grants focus on quality improvement projects that support the advancement of provider organizations and community partners along a continuum of practice transformation and community care integration efforts in the following areas:

  • Building the foundation for implementation of a Health Care Home (HCH) model of care delivery in primary care.
  • Sustaining and enhancing the HCH model of care delivery in primary care.
  • Advancing community health.

The Learning Community grant will focus on providing teams with education, assistance and support to implement a quality improvement project using rapid learning cycles. Rapid learning cycles include four steps: Plan, Do, Study, and Act. The round 2 RFP offered agencies the opportunity to submit proposals for nine-month grants of up to $50,000. MDH received two requests totaling $99,860 and funded one organization at a total of $49,860.

A Round 2 Learning Community Grant was awarded to the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI). ICSI will primarily serve clinics outside the metro area and will focus on building foundational capabilities for Health Care Homes and other transformation by supporting the development of team and process skills, enabling independent rural practices to achieve more sustainable change. This project is part of a $45 million State Innovation Model (SIM) cooperative agreement, awarded to the Minnesota Departments of Health and Human Services in 2013 by The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to help implement the Minnesota Accountable Health Model.

Tell us your health story

The Minnesota Accountable Health Model wants to hear from health initiatives, SIM-funded grantees and other partnerships for health.

Tell us what helps your community be healthy. What is your role in contributing to community health? We know health is important to you and your community and invite you and your partners to share your stories.

The following tools are available to help you talk about your health initiatives and the impact you are making in your community:

Stories that represent a variety of successes and challenges in creating healthier communities may be chosen for further development. Selected storytellers will be contacted about opportunities to develop and record their stories to share throughout Minnesota. Additional resources may also be available to help communities engage in deeper conversations about their health.

For more information about this Storytelling Engagement project, please email

Save the Date for the 2016 Health Care Homes/State Innovation Model Learning Days Conference

On the Road: Patient Centered Care to Healthy Populations

  • April 26-27, 2016
  • Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Registration opens in January 2016.

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