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 […]