Welcome to the Academy

The AHRQ Academy is a national resource and coordinating center for people who want to integrate behavioral health and primary care. It organizes and disseminates news, research, and resources about behavioral health integration.

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What is Integrated Behavioral Health?

Integrated behavioral health, a part of “whole-person care,” is a rapidly emerging shift in the practice of high-quality health care that blends care for medical conditions and related behavioral health factors in primary care settings.

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Playbook

The AHRQ Academy developed the Playbook as a guide to integrating behavioral health in primary care and other ambulatory care settings. The Playbook can help practices improve health care delivery to achieve better patient health outcomes.

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News & Events

The AHRQ Academy brings you news, resources, and events related to the integration of behavioral health and primary care.

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Academy Community

This online community promotes a collaborative environment that fosters dialogue among individuals and practices working to integrate behavioral health and primary care.

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Opioids & Substance Use

The AHRQ Academy provides information to support those who are implementing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder in primary care settings.

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Explore the Academy Products

Lexicon

Gain a practical definition of behavioral health integration as implemented in actual practice settings and develop shared language that helps communication and collaboration across sites, disciplines, and time.

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Literature Collection

Read the growing body of evidence evaluating the integration of behavioral health and primary care.

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Playbook

Follow guidance on how to integrate behavioral health into primary care or other ambulatory care settings to improve health care delivery and patient outcomes.

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IBHC Measures Atlas

Assess whether your clinic or practice is providing integrated behavioral health care.

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Professional Practices

Find out how practices are successfully integrating care and explore the set of competencies that practices, providers, and staff need to advance integration efforts.

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Opioid & SU Resources

Access resources for providers treating opioid use disorder in primary care practices.

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NIAC Videos

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Leading national experts who serve on the National Integration Academy Council (NIAC) and the AHRQ Academy project team share their insight on key topics in the field of behavioral health integration.

Videos