The Co-Occurring Collaborative of Southern Maine in collaboration with AdCare Maine, the Aroostook Mental Health Center, Day One, Anthem/Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maine, the Maine Primary Care Association, Bureau of Medical Services, and the Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services, established the Institute for Quality Behavioral Health Care to lead and disseminate evidence-based practices (EBPs).

The Institute priorities during the first two years included: (1) fostering the implementation of the EBP- Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders through training, networking and creating increased support; (2) critiquing the model; (3) developing four centers of excellence across Maine to serve as models and consultant resources for integrated treatment regionally; (4) supporting and extending a work group of trainers, advocates, families, consumers, physical health-primary care and behavioral healthcare providers, funders and policymakers to remove barriers and create incentives for the implementation of EBP- integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders.