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Researchers with Seattle Pacific University examined the role of comorbid substance abuse and depression as associated with primary care and behavioral health clinical appointments. Study data was extracted from 224 randomly selected primary care patients from three integrated primary care clinics from one health care agency in the Pacific Northwest. Three main analyses were conducted to examine the role of comorbid substance abuse and depression on health care utilization.
Post date: January 30, 2015
People living with substance abuse may additionally suffer from physical health problems. For example, these individuals have a 9 times greater risk of congestive heart failure, a 12 times greater risk of liver cirrhosis and a 12 times greater risk of pneumonia. In addition, substance abuse is associated with complications to managing other chronic conditions, such as poor adherence to medications for Type 2 diabetes. Research suggests that addressing physical health and substance abuse... Read more about "Integration of Substance Abuse Treatment with Primary Care"
Post date: January 28, 2015
Take a look at the following funding opportunities:Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO): Small Grants
Post date: January 28, 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: January 28, 2015
According to a January 2015 brief titled Designing Medicaid Health Homes for Individuals with Opioid Dependency: Considerations for States, over the past 10 years “increasing rates of opioid dependency have become a concern for public health officials, state Medicaid agencies, and the federal government”. In 2010, nearly 600,000 people in the United States used heroin... Read more about "States Promote Integrated Care for Individuals with Opioid Dependency"
Post date: January 28, 2015
There has been little research in the literature in the last few years on treating substance use disorders (SUD) in an integrated behavioral health and primary care setting. A good deal more research is available on treating mental health disorders in the integrated care setting. Most of the more current publications have been summarized on the Academy Portal, and may be found by using the general search function.  With regard to policy and financing related literature, we would refer you to... Read more about "SUD Treatment in Primary Care: Sustainability and Policy Issues"
Post date: January 28, 2015
This report examined the evidence regarding the integration of behavioral health and primary care services for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) and/or substance use disorder. Moderate evidence suggests that the use of fully integrated services or care management with enhanced collaboration improves mental health outcomes and the use of preventative services for adult patients with bipolar disorder and other SMIs. Such interventions often require additional staff, training, and... Read more about "Serious Mental Illness: Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care Review"
Post date: January 14, 2015
Having access to behavioral health care is essential to positive health outcomes for children. Primary care providers have the responsibility of identifying and treating behavioral health issues in children, but they often lack the proper training and resources. The Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project addressed this problem by providing child psychiatry consultations and specialized care coordination by telephone to over 95% of pediatric primary care physicians (PCPs) in Massachusetts.
Post date: January 14, 2015
Take a look at the following funding opportunities: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) Grant
Post date: January 14, 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: Health IT...
Post date: January 14, 2015

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