The AHRQ Academy and the National Integrated Academy Council (NIAC) developed topic briefs to address significant topics as they emerge or take on particular interest for those working in integrated behavioral health as well as primary and ambulatory care settings. We recognize that it is important to provide timely information in a succinct format that also links the user to additional information and resources. NIAC members and external experts develop these briefs with support from Academy staff.
Telehealth and Behavioral Health Integration
Telehealth technology can support screening, assessment, treatment, management, and continuing care for mental health and substance use disorders. Learn how primary care practices can use telehealth to implement integrated behavioral health care.
COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, reached pandemic status early in 2020 and has contributed to a behavioral health crisis.
Stimulant Use Disorders and Behavioral Health Integration
Stimulant use disorders are substance use disorders (SUDs) that involve cocaine, methamphetamine, and other amphetamine-type stimulants (e.g., MDMA or prescription stimulants).
The Role of Primary Care and Integrated Behavioral Health in Polysubstance Use
A brief overview of the available research on addressing polysubstance use in a primary care setting with a focus on leveraging an integrated behavioral health team. Polysubstance use is known to impact patients physically and mentally in numerous ways and is often found in primary care patients who are being treated for co-occurring mental disorder such as opioid use disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and others.
Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Behavioral Health Integration
Perinatal behavioral health conditions include mental health and substance use disorders (SUD) during pregnancy and the postpartum period (up to 12 months after delivery).