In 2020, the American Medical Association (AMA) partnered with seven leading medical associations to form the Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) Collaborative. The BHI Collaborative aims to make behavioral health more accessible by supporting physicians working to combine behavioral health and primary care in their medical practices.
The BHI Collaborative has compiled an online compendium of physician-tested resources that provide a proven pathway for successfully integrating substance use and mental health care in primary care settings. The compendium includes the AHRQ Academy’s Telehealth and Behavioral Health Integration resource.
The BHI Collaborative has also developed four practical guides to provide strategies and solutions for overcoming barriers to behavioral health integration, including:
- The practice workflow guide for establishing an efficient and effective integrated workflow
- The psychopharmacology guide for reducing stigma associated with psychopharmacology, and treating patients with psychotropic medications
- The substance use disorder guide for identifying and addressing unhealthy substance use and misuse among patients
- The suicide prevention guide for identifying and referring patients at risk for suicide.
For more information see:
- American Medical Association - Physician collaboration to accelerate behavioral health integration
- American Medical Association - Compendium of behavioral health integration resources for physician practices
- American Medical Association - Use these new guides to help integrate behavioral health care