Increasing Evidence for Collaborative Care

According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), integrated care “has been shown to improve patient outcomes, save money, and reduce stigma related to mental health.” Research over the past three decades has identified the Collaborative Care Model as being particularly effective in providing integrated care across different primary care settings. Recently, several publications and activities have highlighted the Collaborative Care Model and its successes. See these items and descriptions listed below:

  • Dissemination of Integrated Care Within Adult Primary Care Settings: The Collaborative Care Model

    The APA along with the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine recently released a report titled Dissemination of Integrated Care within Adult Primary Care Settings: The Collaborative Care Model. It reviews the scientific evidence for Collaborative Care, provides recommendations to increase use of the model, and highlights five successful implementations of Collaborative Care. The report was also featured during the April 14, 2016 congressional briefing titled The Collaborative Care Model: Bringing Needed Psychiatric Expertise to Patients in Primary Care, in which NIAC member, Jürgen Unützer was a speaker.

  • The Future of Psychiatric Collaboration in Federally Qualified Heath Centers

    This recently published journal article discusses how collaborative care models can help Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) increase access to behavioral health care. It also describes the challenges FQHCs face in adopting these models.

  • Integrated Care Plays Role in VA Medical Home

    This article in Psychiatric News discusses the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA’s) use of co-located collaborative care through its Primary Care–Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) initiative and the overall leadership of the VHA in delivering integrated care.


  • Receipt of Depression Treatment From General Medical Providers and Specialty Mental Health Providers

    A recently published study revealed that adults with major depressive episodes who received care from both general and specialty care providers differed from those who received care form just one of the provider types. These finding have implications for collaborative care in the treatment of depression.

  • All Hands on Deck

    In this article, NIAC member Jürgen Unützer reveals that, for major depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and other chronic or recurrent behavioral health conditions, systematic collaborative care programs are the most effective means of delivering integrated care. He describes a multi-tiered/stepped approach to involving behavioral health professionals in primary care. Read the the article All Hands on Deck.

  • Time to Remission for Depression with Collaborative Care Management (CCM) in Primary Care

    This recent study from the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine demonstrated that depressed patients enrolled in collaborative care management had a faster remission rate and shorter rate of persistent depressive symptoms that those enrolled in usual care.

  • APA Support and Alignment Network (SAN) Grant: Free Online Modules and Live Trainings Available for Psychiatrists

    Through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, the APA is serving as a Support and Alignment Network and working with the AIMS Center at the University of Washington to train psychiatrists in the Collaborative Care Model. Trainings are available via free online modules and upcoming in-person meetings. Access the modules and get more information from the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative.