Commentaries on the "Joint Principles: Integrating Behavioral Health Care into the Patient-Centered Medical Home"

Date: 

07/02/2014

In the June 2014 issue of Families, Systems, & Health, the Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, there is a special Commentaries section on the "Joint Principles: Integrating Behavioral Health Care Into the Patient-Centered Medical Home." This is follow-up toThe Development of Joint Principles: Integrating Behavioral Health Care into the Patient-Centered Medical Home,” which was written by the Working Party Group and published in the Annals of Family Medicine in its March/April 2014 issue. These joint principles are based on the premise that the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) cannot attend to all of a person’s health care needs without addressing the behavioral aspects of health. Integrated behavioral health is a core principle of the PCMH and thus, indispensable to its success. These principles supplement the original Joint Principles of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) from 2007 that called for “personal, coordinated, continuous and comprehensive” care that “should address most or all of a person’s health care needs” within the primary health care setting.

The Commentary authors represent the following professional organizations:

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

American College of Physicians (ACP)

American Psychiatric Association (APA) [Workgroup on Integrated Care]

American Psychological Association (APA)

Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA)

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC)

Among the authors are NIAC member Parinda Khatri, PhD, who is President of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association. Each of these commentaries provides useful comments representing the perspective(s) of the organization represented. We encourage you to read this section in its entirety.

For abstracts of the Commentaries and other articles in this issue of Families, Systems, & Health, see:

http://content.apa.org/journals/fsh.rss

For an earlier overview of the “The Development of Joint Principles: Integrating Behavioral Health Care into the Patient-Centered Medical Home,” which appeared in the Annals of Family Medicine, please see:

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