This page provides resources to Clinicians who are engaged in or are interested in the integration of behavioral health and primary care.

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Integrated Substance Use Disorder Services

Integration of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services are not getting adequate attention in health care settings, a new white paper suggests. The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network released “Integrating Substance Use Disorder and Health Care Services in an Era of Health Care Reform” in March 2015. Current momentum for the integration of SUD and health care services stems from policy changes resulting from health care reform, as well as from growing evidence demonstrating improvements in patient outcomes form integrated services.

Quality Measures Needed to Enhance Integrated Behavioral Health Care

A recent Journal of the American Medical Association Viewpoint article argues that developing quality measures for assessing and rewarding high quality integrated behavioral health care could promote widespread adoption of an integrated care model. Patients with behavioral health issues, such as serious mental illness and substance abuse, use more medical resources than other patients, particularly when these patients have comorbid medical conditions.

Quality Improvement Resources for Primary Care

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has recently released two white papers related to quality improvement in primary care (PC).   

As part of the effort to create a quality health care system in the United States, a variety of organizations, including many payers and delivery systems, are encouraging PC care organizations to use quality improvement (QI) initiatives to improve their performance. QI requires practices to:

Improving Medicaid Managed Care for Youth with Serious Behavioral Health Needs: A Quality Improvement Toolkit

The Center for Healthcare Strategies’ (CHCS) quality improvement toolkit titled “Improving Medicaid Managed Care for Youth with Serious Behavioral Health Needs” helps managed care organizations (MCOs), providers, and families enhance behavioral health care delivery for young people up to the age of 22.

Wayne Katon, M.D. Discusses Importance of Psychiatrists’ Role in Integrated Settings

 Wayne Katon, M.D., Director of the Division of Health Services and Psychiatric Epidemiology at the University of Washington in Seattle, is a psychiatrist and leading researcher in integrated and collaborative care. In this interview, Dr.

Alcohol Misuse Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently issued the “Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol Misuse: Clinical Summary of U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation.” It recommends that primary care clinicians screen their adult patients for alcohol misuse and provide brief behavioral counseling interventions if risky or hazardous drinking is found.

Practice-Based Interventions Addressing Concomitant Depression and Chronic Medical Conditions in the Primary Care Setting

Of all mental health conditions, depression produces the greatest societal burdens in terms of social and economic costs and can be accompanied by chronic medical conditions which affect more than half of all Americans. The World Health Organization identifies “the integration of mental health into primary care as the most salient means of addressing the burden of mental health conditions” (World Health Organization, 2008). This AHRQ August 2012 report discusses adult primary care patients with depression and chronic medical condition diagnoses.

Expert Insight

Integrated Primary Care and the Opioid Crisis

Dr. Alexander Blount recently commented on the Opioid Crisis on his site Integrated Primary Care. It is reprinted here with permission. Read carefully for links to resources and nuggets of wisdom.

Integrated Primary Care and the Opioid Crisis

Thu, 07/02/2015