Integrated Behavioral Health: Coordinating Psychosocial and Pharmacological Interventions Across Family, School, and Health Systems

  • Thomas J. PowerEmail author
  • Jennifer A. Mautone
  • Nathan J. Blum
  • Alexander G. Fiks
  • James P. Guevara
Part of the Pediatric School Psychology book series (PSP)


The purposes of this chapter are to: (a) describe examples of integrated care designed to improve children’s educational functioning through the use of pharmacological and psychosocial treatments, (b) describe models of integrated behavioral health involving collaboration between school professionals and primary care providers to implement pharmacological and psychosocial interventions, and (c) describe strategies for coordinating treatment services between schools and health professionals in specialty practices, such as child psychiatry, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, and pediatric neurology. Additionally, the chapter addresses the role of school psychologists in IBH contexts, including implications for training. The main focus of this chapter is on models of integrated behavioral health in primary care that foster connections with school professionals. Limitations of current models of integrated care, future directions for research, and implications for training and practice are discussed. A set of references and web-based materials are provided to readers for additional information.


Integrated care Behavioral health Collaboration Behavioral pediatrics Service integration Web-based system Multi-systemic interventions 



Preparation of this chapter was supported by grants from Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning and Change, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (R40MC08964, T73MC00012), and the Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (H325D100019), as well as a contract from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI, CDI-140820669), In addition, several of the projects described in this chapter were supported by the resources of the Pediatric Research Consortium (PeRC) of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The information and conclusions of this chapter are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by, the funding agencies or the U.S. Government.


Alexander Fiks is a co-inventor of the Care Assistant software used to develop the ADHD Care Assistant, described in this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas J. Power
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jennifer A. Mautone
    • 1
  • Nathan J. Blum
    • 1
  • Alexander G. Fiks
    • 1
  • James P. Guevara
    • 1
  1. 1.The Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaPerelman School of Medicine at University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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