This page provides resources to Clinicians who are engaged in or are interested in the integration of behavioral health and primary care.

Latest News

A recent Journal of the American Medical Association Viewpoint article argues that developing quality measures for assessing and rewarding high quality integrated behavioral health care could promote widespread adoption of an integrated care model. Patients with behavioral health issues, such as serious mental illness and... Read more

Integration of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services are not getting adequate attention in health care settings, a new white paper suggests. The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network released “Integrating Substance Use Disorder and Health Care Services in an Era of Health Care Reform” in March 2015. Current momentum for the integration of SUD and health care... Read more

Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines for Cultural Competence in Behavioral Health Delivery

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 59, Improving Cultural Competence, is a multidimensional framework that explains core elements of cultural... Read more

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has recently released two white papers related to quality improvement in primary care (PC).   

As part of the effort to create a quality health care system in the United States, a variety of organizations, including many payers and delivery systems, are encouraging PC care organizations to use quality improvement (QI)... Read more

The Center for Healthcare Strategies’ (CHCS) quality improvement toolkit titled “Improving Medicaid Managed Care for Youth with Serious Behavioral Health Needs” helps managed care organizations (MCOs), providers,... Read more

 Wayne Katon, M.D., Director of the Division of Health Services and Psychiatric Epidemiology at the University of Washington in Seattle, is a psychiatrist and leading researcher in integrated and collaborative... Read more

Of all mental health conditions, depression produces the greatest societal burdens in terms of social and economic costs and can be accompanied by chronic medical conditions which affect more than half of all Americans. The World Health Organization identifies “the integration of mental health into primary care as the most salient means of addressing the burden of mental health... Read more

Expert Insight

Dr. Alexander Blount recently commented on the Opioid Crisis on his site Integrated Primary Care. It is reprinted here with permission. Read carefully for links to resources and nuggets of wisdom.

Integrated Primary Care and the Opioid Crisis

The comparative flood of new users of opioid medication and heroin in the population has led to a crisis. That it is a crisis is agreed to by politicians, medical professionals, substance abuse professionals, and the... Read more

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