Integration is considered an effective way to provide care across the lifespan.  Several of the early models for integration were around treatment of depression in the geriatric population.   At the other end of the continuum, integration is being recommended as an effective means of providing comprehensive care in pediatrics.

Latest News

Two recently published studies highlight the benefits of integrating behavioral health in primary care for children and youth.

Integrating behavioral health (BH) into pediatric care might lead to short- and long-term improved health outcomes for children, argues a recent Viewpoint article published in the Journal of... Read more

A study, published in Pediatrics in March of 2014, revealed a significant level of unmet need for care coordination among parents of children with a mental health condition. Care coordination is a way of connecting children with special health care needs and their families to critical services and resources. This type... Read more

Parents respond positively when primary care providers (PCPs) address behavioral health (BH) concerns, a recent study shows. The article, “Do Parents Expect Pediatricians to Pay Attention to Behavioral Health?” is published in Clinical Pediatrics.... Read more

Taking 10 minutes to answer questions on an iPad before an annual visit may help adolescents and their pediatricians address sensitive mental health issues. A recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health looks at the use of a computerized screening program, DartScreen, and how it impacts what takes... Read more

According to a recent Health Affairs article, Health Aging Brain Center Improved Care Coordination and Produced Net Savings, more than 4.7 million Medicare recipients have dementia which often co-occurs with depression. Together, dementia and depression costs Medicare $30 billion in annual spending. Most Medicare... Read more

Since 2007, when a federal judge ruled that doctors could provide better diagnosis and treatment for children on Medicaid with mental illnesses, primary care physicians in Massachusetts have screened more children for mental and developmental conditions than any other state. These screenings are not a diagnostic tool, but a way to flag children who may need more attention or a consultation... Read more