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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AHRQ Announces New Initiative

In October 2019, AHRQ launched a new initiative to reduce Unhealthy Alcohol Use through evidence-based approaches for screening, brief intervention, and treatment of those with or at risk for alcohol use disorders.

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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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Playbooks

The AHRQ Academy developed two Playbooks to serve as implementation guides to integrating behavioral health and medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder into primary care or other ambulatory care settings.

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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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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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Playbooks

Follow guidance on how to integrate behavioral health and medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder into primary care or other ambulatory care settings.

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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