Tools and Resources for Integrating Care

There are a variety of models for integrating behavioral health into primary care. Despite the straightforward descriptions often provided for how to provide integrated care, actually providing team-based integrated behavioral health in primary care is often less straightforward. The resources described below can provide guidance and tools for individuals and organizations hoping to improve integrated care, whether they are new to integration or hoping to expand existing integrated services.

  • SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) has made available a reference guide entitled Key Competencies for Integrated Care Delivery. The reference guide provides focused information on three useful resources: 1) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) literature review competencies, 2) AHRQ provisional practices guidebook, and 3) CIHS core competencies. With links to the resources and concise information about each resource, this is could be useful tool for those looking to learn more about competencies and professionalism for individuals working in integrated care.


  • An Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) blog post shares a Q&A with IHI Director Cindy Hupke. Hupke’s responses provide insight into how organizations can move from “talking about team-based care to actually doing it.” She tackles a variety of questions such as “Is there a way to test a team-based approach, rather than making the whole sift at once?” and “What are some ways team-based care impacts physicians who are part of those teams?” Hupke’s Q&A can provide guidance and encouragement for individuals and organizations hoping to improve their team-based approach to care.


  • An article from the American Journal of Medical Quality (PDF - 555 KB) shares the process behind the development of the Behavioral Health Integration Implementation Guide. The guide “provides practical guidance for adapting and implementing effective integrated behavioral health care into patient-centered medical homes.” The authors created the guide with input from a range of stakeholders, including safety net providers, subject matter experts, and national policymakers.