Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) Model and Suicide

  • Alexander D. SmithEmail author
  • Meghan D. M. Fondow
  • Elizabeth A. Zeidler Schreiter


The goal of the following chapter is to serve as a primer on suicidality presenting in primary care and how integrated care can support improvements in practice. The state of current screening and treatment for suicidality within primary care will be reviewed, including current training of primary care providers and needed areas of additional training and support. The ways in which integrated care can be utilized to improve practice in primary care as related to suicidality will be addressed, and a brief overview of the Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) model will be provided. Finally, the specifics of the PCBH program in which the authors practice will be discussed as an example of how care is provided in a Federally Qualified Health Center.


Primary Care Behavioral Health Integrated care Behavioral health consultant Primary care Federally Qualified Health Center Behavioral medicine Suicide risk assessment Suicide risk intervention 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander D. Smith
    • 1
    Email author
  • Meghan D. M. Fondow
    • 1
  • Elizabeth A. Zeidler Schreiter
    • 1
  1. 1.Access Community Health CentersMadisonUSA

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