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Given the opioid epidemic in the United States, there is a serious need to increase treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), a whole-patient approach that combines medications and behavioral therapies, is an effective form of treatment for OUD that has been shown to decrease opioid use and opioid-related overdose deaths. However, there is a need to expand access to MAT to meet the demand for treatment. As detailed in a recent article in... Read more about "Office-Based Buprenorphine Expands Access to Treatment"
Post date: August 23, 2018
As described in the Institute of Medicine Report The Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce For Older Adults: In Whose Hands?, the behavioral health needs of older adults are complex, and the workforce is inadequate to meet the need. The workforce faces a number of issues, including a lack of specialized training and challenges retaining and recruiting providers. In particular,... Read more about "Integrated Care for Older Adults in Rural Areas"
Post date: August 23, 2018
The Health Resources and Services Administration within the US Department of Health and Human Services is accepting proposals for a solicitation titled Primary Care Integration of Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder Services Learning Health Center System: Training and Technical Assistance for HRSA-Supported Health Centers.
Post date: July 13, 2018
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is currently accepting applications for States to participate in a State Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Policy Institute “Leveraging Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to Address SUD.” The policy institute will help five State teams develop innovative strategies to improve access to and quality of SUD treatment in FQHCs... Read more about "Apply to NASHP’s State SUD Policy Institute"
Post date: July 13, 2018
Interventions to address the opioid epidemic in the United States often aim to improve pain management, access to medication-assisted treatment, and use of overdose-reversing drugs. Yet, public health experts have also long recognized the impact of social determinants on health outcomes, such as socioeconomic status, education, and social support.
Post date: June 28, 2018
A recently published study in Translational Behavioral Medicine examined the financial impact of the Sustaining Healthcare Across Integrated Primary Care Efforts (SHAPE) demonstration project. This project assessed the cost savings of integrated behavioral health services in six primary care practices in Colorado.
Post date: June 28, 2018
Presentations from the 2017 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Federal Partners Integrated Care Meeting, “State of the Art: Research, Models, Promising Practices, and Sustaining Integrated Care,” have recently been released. The meeting brought together representatives from a number of HHS agencies and featured presentations about the latest research findings and models of integrated care.
Post date: May 21, 2018
To successfully deliver whole-person care, providers and healthcare teams need resources to address a patient’s mental health and health-related social needs. The social determinants of health, including factors such as socioeconomic status, education, employment, and social network, can have a significant impact on an individual’s physical and mental health.
Post date: April 26, 2018
Milliman recently published Potential Economic Impact of Integrated Medical-Behavioral Healthcare: Updated Projections for 2017 [PDF, 519 KB]. This analysis strengthens the evidence base for integrated care by projecting the potential healthcare cost savings of successful, effective integrated medical and behavioral healthcare programs.
Post date: April 26, 2018
Research has demonstrated that the Collaborative Care model is an effective approach to treating depression. Researchers continue to examine the impact of this model on different diagnoses, target populations, and care settings. For example, a study in Psychiatric Services explored the effectiveness of collaborative care in primary care for adolescents with depression. It found depression remission rates and... Read more about "New Research Findings on Collaborative Care"
Post date: April 26, 2018

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