Who can benefit from integrated behavioral health?
A growing body of research shows integrated behavioral health improves health and patient experience, while reducing unnecessary costs in time, money, and delays.
Integrated behavioral health offers many benefits:
Patients with chronic health conditions are more likely to have related behavioral health concerns and often find it easier to improve chronic conditions when these concerns are also addressed.
Patients like the convenience of “one-stop shopping.” Whether their problem is stress, mental health, substance use, health behaviors, or all of the above, there is no wrong door. Patients feel it is more socially acceptable and easier to access behavioral health care treatment in a setting they are familiar with, rather than going to a behavioral health setting.
Medical providers appreciate having behavioral health partners available to help with problems the medical team doesn’t have enough time or training to address.
Providing integrated behavioral health care at the right times in the patient’s medical care can often offset the cost of providing the behavioral health care.