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The Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA) posted a series of four stories on their blog that highlight developments in the field of behavioral health and primary care integration. The series covers a wide range of topics, including health care policy, delivery, and financing. Multiple members of the National Integration Academy Council (NIAC) and AHRQ Academy Team are featured in the series.
Post date: September 21, 2015
A special issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM) [September-October 2015 (Supplement 1)] includes descriptions and observations about many elements that are important in shaping how integrated behavioral health and primary care are delivered in clinical settings. The peer-reviewed articles, commentaries, and editorials all provide important insights. Among these are findings from the Workforce Task... Read more about "JABFM Supplement Features Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care"
Post date: September 21, 2015
Vikram Patel, PhD, delivered a TED talk at TEDGlobal2012 encouraging the training of laypeople to deliver mental health services to help meet the worldwide mental health workforce shortage. Patel, trained as a psychiatrist in Britain, highlighted the gap between mental health needs and service provision for people with mental health problems — “the vast majority of these individuals do not receive the care that can vastly improve their lives.” This is a major problem in developed countries and... Read more about "TED Talk Tackles Global Mental Health Workforce Shortage"
Post date: September 21, 2015
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law 5 years ago. In the time since its passage, the ACA has increased the number of Americans with health insurance, increased access to affordable health care, and may be contributing to slowing the rate of increase in health care spending.1 In addition, the ACA has transformed the delivery of health care,1 including changes that advance primary care and behavioral health integration. Among the post-ACA initiatives enabling opportunities for... Read more about "Behavioral Health Integration and the Affordable Care Act after 5 Years"
Post date: September 21, 2015
Stay current with the latest news! Access timely topical news that’s relevant to the integration of behavioral health and primary care.  You can access the Latest News stories through the portal topical pages or through the News Archives under Resources. Click on the topical pages below and access recently posted Latest News items at the bottom of each page: Policy... Read more about "Get your Latest News via the Academy"
Post date: September 21, 2015
Stay current with the latest news! Access timely topical news that’s relevant to the integration of behavioral health and primary care.  You can access the Latest News stories through the portal topical pages or through the News Archives under Resources. Click on the topical pages below and access recently posted Latest News items at the bottom of each page: Policy... Read more about "Get your Latest News via the Academy"
Post date: September 21, 2015
[Behavioral Health integration is] the care that results from a practice team of primary care and behavioral health clinicians, working together with patients and families, using a systematic and cost-effective approach to provide patient-centered care for a defined population. This care may address mental health and substance abuse conditions, health behaviors (including their contribution to chronic medical illnesses), life stressors and crises, stress-related physical symptoms, and... Read more about "What is Behavioral Health Integration?"
Post date: July 17, 2015
Behavioral health integration (BHI) served as the topic for the most recent evidence review conducted by The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER). ICER is a non-profit, health care research organization based in Boston that focuses on assessing the comparative clinical effectiveness and value of different health care interventions. According to the ICER ... Read more about "Behavioral Health Integration: An ICER Evidence Review Topic"
Post date: July 10, 2015
In the first installment of the integrated care column(PDF - 556 KB) in Psychiatric Services, Margaret A. Swarbrick, PhD, discusses the importance of wellness-oriented peer approaches. In peer-based approaches, individuals who have mental illness diagnoses and are current or former users of the mental health system offer aid and support to patients. Peer providers use their lived experiences with mental illness, plus... Read more about "Wellness-Oriented Peer Approaches"
Post date: July 10, 2015
Two recently published studies highlight the benefits of integrating behavioral health in primary care for children and youth.
Post date: July 10, 2015

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