Creating a Culture of Whole Health: Recommendations for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care

The Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, developed a comprehensive report with recommendations that provide a catalyst for moving the integration of primary care and behavioral health forward. The research team conducted a literature review and used a snowball sampling technique to gather perspectives from more than 70 key informants and two focus groups. Members of the National Integration Academy Council (NIAC) and Academy Staff were included in the first wave of key informants. The team then convened a working meeting, also including Academy Staff and NIAC representatives, in Washington, DC with experts from across the country to develop and refine recommendations to advance efforts for integrating behavioral health and primary care. The result of this work can be found in two reports:

  1. The full report (PDF - 1775 KB) has detailed recommendations needed to advance the integration of behavioral health and primary care. This report identifies recommendations in six sections: organizing the movement; workforce, education, and training; financing; technology; care delivery; and population and community health.
  2. A brief (PDF - 1220 KB) that summarizes the longer report and makes recommendations for specific stakeholder groups: policymakers and payers; providers, their professional societies, and academics; and philanthropy and business.

The two reports are complementary; the brief stakeholder report draws its recommendations from the full report.


Posted March 2016