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At Cherokee, behavioral health consultants (BHCs) are members of the primary care team and routinely address behavioral health needs in the primary care setting. In addition to checking patient blood pressure, height, and weight, nurses conduct patient screenings for depression, substance use, and other relevant behavioral health conditions as part of their typical triage, using the screening tools that are embedded in Cherokee's electronic health system. If there is a positive screening, the primary care provider will inform the BHC, and the BHC will come in to see the patient. Through this integration, Cherokee is able to systematically screen its entire population for behavioral health needs.
Type of Organization/Practice:
- Community Mental Health Center (CMHC)
- Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)