Implementing the Plan for Integrating Behavioral Health in Your Ambulatory Care Setting
Implementation of behavioral health in ambulatory care settings involves three core activities: preparing the infrastructure to support integrated care, establishing protocols and workflows for integrated care, and developing processes to monitor patients and maintain engagement in care.
Prepare the Infrastructure in Your Setting
The infrastructure in your setting must support integration to achieve successful transition to integrated ambulatory care.
Establish Protocols and Clinical Workflows to Manage and Treat Your Patients
A transition to integrated care requires protocols and workflows that optimize behavioral health expertise and promote team-based care delivery and information exchange.
Develop Processes for Tracking Patients, Monitoring Outcomes, and Maintaining Engagement
Processes to track patients and outcomes can help your integrated behavioral health and ambulatory care setting continuously improve. Success of your integrated care program relies on effective use of data and maintaining patient engagement throughout treatment.