Integrated Care: Whom to Hire and How to Train

  • William T. O’DonohueEmail author

The key to integrated care, like most behavioral health care, is personnel. Without good clinicians, properly trained and properly supported, an integrated care delivery system will completely fail or, at best, fail to reach its potential. This raises the question of how to make decisions regarding whom to hire and how to train those that have been hired. This chapter will address these questions.

It is also important to realize at the outset that integrated care is not simply placing a conventionally trained specialty mental health professional in a medical setting. The medical setting requires skill sets that the conventionally trained mental health professional does not have. Examples of these skills include:
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    Medical literacy

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    Consultation liaison skills regarding medical problems as well as behavioral health problems

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    Population management

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    Chronic-disease management

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    Working in a medical team

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    Working within the fast-paced, action-oriented...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of NevadaRenoUSA

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