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Dr. Lori Raney is a leading authority on the collaborative care model and the bidirectional integration of primary care and behavioral health.
Her work focuses on design and training of multidisciplinary teams to implement evidence-based practices to improve the identification and treatment of mental illness in the primary care setting and improve the health status of patients with serious mental illness in behavioral health settings. She has worked with clients implementing 2703 State Plan Amendments for behavioral health populations and sites implementing Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) grants.
Prior to joining HMA, Dr. Raney served as the medical director of Axis Health System, where she fostered the development of a full range of evidence-based services for a community mental health center including the use of telepsychiatry. During her tenure, she led efforts to implement the collaborative care model in diverse primary care locations including Federally Qualified Health Centers, rural health centers, tribal clinics and school-based health centers, and has served as a consultant psychiatrist at these locations. Dr. Raney also participated in the design of a fully integrated healthcare facility that combines primary care and traditional behavioral health, which made it possible for her to rapidly address the physical health issues in patients with serious mental illness.
She has worked for over 15 years with the Indian Health Service in health centers in the Southwest and continues her clinical work with the Ute Mountain Utes in Towaco, Colorado. She has worked both as a staff psychiatrist and as the clinical director for an ambulatory care center in rural Arizona on the Navajo Reservation.
Dr. Raney helped develop a curriculum to teach integrated care to psychiatrists and primary care providers and chairs the American Psychiatric Association’s Workgroup on Integrated Care. She speaks nationally on the topic of collaboration with primary care and works with organizations to design and implement these evidence-based care teams.
She is the editor of the book Integrated Care: Working at the Interface of Primary Care and Behavioral Health and has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals on topics related to integration.
Dr. Raney has certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is a distinguished fellow with the American Psychiatric Association and received the organization’s presidential commendation in 2015.
An avid mountain biker, she lives in the Four Corners area of Colorado with her husband and daughter.