Integrated Care – Primary Care and Behavioral Health Integration

Integration

Benefits of Integration

Behavioral health integration is the practice of incorporating behavioral health into primary health care and other child-serving systems like child welfare and education. Common approaches include:

  • Co-locating behavioral health care in primary health care, child welfare, and education settings to promote access to services and resources for children, youth, and families
  • Distributing information to families about mental health care in primary health care practices
  • Ensuring that there is more effective communication among providers and families
  • Promoting better coordination of services and relationships among care providers
  • Providing behavioral health care services in schools
  • Providing behavioral health care services in child welfare settings
  • Bringing primary health care into behavioral health care settings

Model

Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) is a patient-centered approach that identifies and addresses all the health needs of a patient no matter where they seek care. encompassing range of models.

  • A model that integrates behavioral health into primary care settings for patients with depression or anxiety disorders and,
  • A model that integrates primary care into behavioral health settings for patients with mental health and substance use disorder.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions suggest that integrated care “produces the best outcomes and is the most effective approach to caring for people with complex healthcare needs.”

The complexity of treating both physical and behavioral health conditions along with the critical need of increased collaboration across providers have organizations looking for a solution to provide consumers with better quality of care while also managing the burdensome costs.

Transition of Care

Transition of Care

With the Dr Cloud EHR integrated care module, providers can make decisions by viewing the complete health record of a client, both their physical health and behavioral health condition.

  • Improved access to care
  • Increased adherence to treatment and follow-up on referrals
  • Increased collaboration among providers
  • Decreased use of unneeded emergency services
  • Development of an integrated, individualized care plan

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