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Other Integrated Care Links
Below are a number of links to other websites of government agencies, non-profits, and other entities that support and promote the integration of mental and behavioral health services in the primary care or patient centered medical home settings.
*These links are provided for informational purposes only and will take you outside the Department of Veterans Affairs web site. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of linked web sites.
The Academy web portal, created by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) offers you resources to advance the integration of behavioral health and primary care, and fosters a collaborative environment for dialogue and discussion among relevant thought leaders. AHRQ's vision is that the Academy for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care will function as both a coordinating center and a national resource for people committed to delivering comprehensive, integrated healthcare.
This newly released (August 8, 2013) Department of Defense (DoD) Instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for attainment of inter-Service standards for developing, initiating, and maintaining adult behavioral health services in primary care.
The collaborative family healthcare model envisions seamless collaboration between psychosocial, biomedical, nursing, and other healthcare providers, and views patient, family, community, and provider systems as equal participants in the healthcare process.
The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) is a coalition of more than 1,000 organizations and individuals — employers, consumer and patient/family advocacy groups, patient quality organizations, health plans, labor unions, hospitals, physicians and other health professionals — that works to develop and advance an effective and efficient health system built on a strong foundation of primary care and the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model.
RESPECT-Mil stands for Re-Engineering Systems of Primary Care Treatment in the Military. It’s a system of primary care designed to enhance the recognition and high-quality management of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression. RESPECT-Mil is a treatment model designed by the United States Department of Defenses’ Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC) to screen, assess and treat active duty Soldiers with depression and/or PTSD. This program is modeled directly after a program that’s proven effective in treating civilian patients with depression. Several of the internationally-known experts who developed the civilian model have helped DHCC adapt the approach for military primary care use. RESPECT-Mil uses the Three Component Model (3CM) of care, featuring the coordination of Primary Care Providers, Care Facilitators and Behavioral Health Specialists in the unique service of Soldiers with behavioral health needs.
SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions, whether seen in specialty behavioral health or primary care provider settings.
The mission of the Center for Integrated Primary Care is to develop, synthesize and disseminate skills for best practices in Integrated Primary Care (IPC) so as to become a national leader in workforce development; to become a focal point for supporting and showcasing the development of IPC across UMass Departments and Centers; and to become a center of excellence in the evaluation of programs that integrate behavioral health and primary care services.
Mental health is one of the biggest problems facing modern medicine today, yet it is often overlooked in terms of primary care. Not only do mental disorders have a heavy economic and social burden on society, but also few of those who need assistance with mental disorders actually receive the treatment they require. In order to close this gap in mental health treatment and increase access to mental healthcare, mental health services should be integrated into primary healthcare through health policy legislation and education of primary care workers.