A Unified Model of Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care
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Psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders are common in general medical practice, drive health care costs, and undermine positive outcomes [1, 2]. Transformational federal legislation such as the Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health and Addiction Parity Act leverage policy and financing to address behavioral health alongside and equally with physical health . Aspirational health care delivery models, including the vision for population health and the patient-centered medical home, likewise embrace the values of more holistic care that are of preference to patients and families . The premise for integrating behavioral health in primary care is rather simple: (1) meet patients where they seek health care; (2) identify those at risk, and offer preventative or early intervention services for emerging, mild or moderately severe problems; and (3) for those patients who have problems that are too severe or complex to manage effectively,...
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