The mission of the AHRQ Academy is to promote and support the integration of behavioral health into primary and ambulatory care settings with a key focus on providing care for patients using substances, particularly opioids, and for those with mental health conditions.
Welcome to the AHRQ Academy
Sign up for the Academy Newsletter to remain up to date on the latest research, news and resources for Integrated Behavioral Health!
What is Integrated Behavioral Health?
Behavioral health and primary care integration recognizes both medical and behavioral health factors as important for a person’s overall health. It improves access to both by blending behavioral health and primary care services together in one setting.
New! 2023 Lexicon
Updated in late 2023, the Lexicon defines the functions of integrated behavioral health in primary care practices, clarifying what to implement and what to expect on the path to integration. It also explores the different ways integrated behavioral health can look, as practices progress in their maturity.
Explore our products
Follow guidance on how to integrate behavioral health and medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder into primary care or other ambulatory care settings.
Substance Use Resources
Access resources for providers treating substance use disorder in primary care practices.
Review the growing body of evidence evaluating the integration of behavioral health and primary care.
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.
Find out how practices are successfully integrating care and explore the set of competencies that practices, providers, and staff need to advance integration efforts.