Mental Health

9 12, 2016

A Much-Needed Playbook for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care

December 9th, 2016|

the-academyIn our continuing evolution toward whole-person health, it is critically important to integrate behavioral health and primary care for folks who have multiple risks if not multiple diagnoses.  AHRQ has created an online Academy for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care.  Within the Academy is an  Integration Playbook that can be used as a guide for integrating behavioral health in primary care and other ambulatory care settings.  At Community Health Solutions we are helping people use this playbook for as a guide for optimizing integration in the […]

6 09, 2016

Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care

September 6th, 2016|

A growing body of research shows that integrating primary care with behavioral health can produce positive outcomes for people with multiple healthcare needs.  Primary care and behavioral health care models can be designed in a variety of ways depending on population health needs and the capacity of local health care organizations.  These care models can be designed with varying levels of “integration” of behavioral health into daily primary care:

  • Care coordination across settings (e.g. communication of primary care and behavioral health providers in separate facilities);
  • Co-location of services (e.g. behavioral health providers working in the primary care setting); or
  • Integration of care models (e.g. practice transformation […]