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Integrated Behavioral Care

The Integrated Behavioral Health Project

Launched in 2006, the Integrated Behavioral Health Project (IBHP) is a four-year initiative to accelerate the integration of behavioral health services into primary care settings in California. Our ultimate goals are to enhance access to behavioral treatment services, improve treatment outcomes for underserved populations, and reduce the stigma associated with seeking such services. IBHP, a project of The Tides Center, is funded by The California Endowment as a part of its strategic goal to promote the health of underserved individuals and families by expanding access to quality health and mental health services. The IBHP is an excellent resource of best practices in integrated behavioral care. The IBHP has just published the “Partners in Health: Primary Care / County Mental Health Tool Kit.” This is a detailed, comprehensive tool kit designed to help primary care clinics and government mental health agencies forge collaborative relationships. The 180-page Tool Kit provides practical, operational advice, forms, strategies and prototypes for integrating mental and physical services. The IBHP website contains white pages, webinars, training videos and a host of related web links related to integrated care.

See Who’s Supporting Integrated Care

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHCRQ) is a great resource for evidence-based practice, outcomes and effectiveness, and practice guidelines. See their recent publication, “Integration of Mental Health/Substance Abuse and Primary Care”.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) have published a fascinating summary of efforts across the globe to integrate behavioral care in medical settings. See what integrated care looks like in Argentina, India, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, and many other countries.

The Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Initiative has a large selection of research papers and tool kits for providers and consumers on collaborative care. For a wonderful series of research papers see http://www.ccmhi.ca/en/products/series_of_papers.html. For tool kits for providers, educators, or patients and their families, see http://www.ccmhi.ca/en/products/toolkits.html.

The Employer’s View of Integrated Care

The National Business Group on Health is an excellent resource for understanding the point of view of employers on health-care issues. See their excellent publication, “An Employer’s Guide to Behavioral Health Services”.

Primary Care Physician Advocacy Groups

The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative is a coalition of large employers, primary care societies, national health plans patients’ groups, and others united in supporting the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model. See a list of PCPCC publications: https://www.pcpcc.org/publications

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a national organization of internists-physicians who specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illnesses in adults. See their recent publication, “How is a Shortage of Primary Care Physicians Affecting the Quality and Cost of Medical Care?” for an excellent summary of the scope of the crisis in primary care. In addition, the ACP recently called on President Obama and Congress to take steps to improve health care by recognizing that primary care is the best medicine for better health and lower costs. See their recommendations to President Obama.