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Developing a comprehensive set of well-accepted measures capable of demonstrating the value of behavioral health treatment is critical for building a case for devoting resources to mental health treatment. Two review articles in Psychiatric Services argue for greater focus on behavioral health quality measures.
Post date: September 21, 2015
A broad gap exists between behavioral health (BH) needs of low-income Californians and BH treatment, a recent report finds. The report from Blue Shield of California Foundation discusses the results of a survey, which measured low-income Californians self-reported needs for and barriers to BH assistance. The results found that 3 out of 10 survey respondents had a time in the past year when they have felt the need to talk with a health care professional about their BH; however, only half of... Read more about "Low-Income Californians’ Need for Behavioral Health Services"
Post date: September 21, 2015
Integration of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services are not getting adequate attention in health care settings, a new white paper suggests.
Post date: September 21, 2015
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
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Post date: September 21, 2015
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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

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