Primary care settings have become the gateway to the behavioral health system, and primary care providers need support and resources to screen and treat individuals with behavioral and general healthcare needs.
The solution lies in integrated care, the systematic coordination of general and behavioral healthcare. Integrating mental health, substance abuse, and primary care services produces the best outcomes and proves the most effective approach to caring for people with multiple healthcare needs.
With the goal of improving the physical health status of people with mental illnesses and addictions, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration developed the Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) Program. Through this program, SAMHSA provides support to communities to coordinate and integrate primary care services into publicly funded, community-based behavioral health settings, resulting in:
- Improved access to primary care services;
- Improved prevention, early identification, and intervention to reduce the incidence of serious physical illnesses, including chronic disease;
- Increased availability of integrated, holistic care for physical and behavioral disorders; and
- Improved overall health status of clients.
Psychiatric Medication Management
Psychological Testing and Evaluations
Substance Abuse Counseling