3.a.i: Integration of Primary Care and Behavioral Health Services
Project Objective: Integration of mental health and substance abuse with primary care services to ensure coordination of care for both services.
Project Description: Integration of behavioral health and primary care services can serve 1) to identify behavioral health diagnoses early, allowing rapid treatment, 2) to ensure treatments for medical and behavioral health conditions are compatible and do not cause adverse effects, and 3) to de-stigmatize treatment for behavioral health diagnoses. Care for all conditions delivered under one roof by known healthcare providers is the goal of this project.
The project goal can be achieved by 1) integration of behavioral health specialists into primary care clinics using the collaborative care model and supporting the PCMH model, or 2) integration of primary care services into established behavioral health sites such as clinics and Crisis Centers. When onsite coordination is not possible, then in model 3) behavioral health specialists can be incorporated into primary care coordination teams (see project IMPACT described below).
PMO: Kathy Alexis
Community Co-Lead: Terri Udolf, St. Christopher's Inn
Community Co-Lead: Debbie Pantin, VIP Severices
BLHC Co-Lead: Vicente Liz-Defillo, MD