Integration of Primary Care and Behavioral Health Services – Project 3.a.i

Overview

The Integration of Primary Care and Behavioral Health Services (Model 1 and Model 2) can provide timely access for patients to better manage and cope with mental health and physical health. Early detection is key, and allows for better treatment by caring for the patient’s mental and physical health in a setting where they are most comfortable, and ensures that treatment is does not cause adverse effects.

The primary goal for Integration of Behavioral Health Services into Primary Care Model 1 is to provide holistic patient care. To achieve this goal, Care Compass Network supported primary care clinics on their path to become NCQA PCMH 2014 Level 3 accredited. In this model a behavioral health specialist is embedded in the primary care clinic and provides support to the primary care team in managing patients with a positive behavioral health screen, providing brief solution focused interventions, and assessing and referring patients for a high level of care and treatment as needed.

Model 2 is a counterpoint to Model 1, where Primary Care is integrated into an OMH and OASAS certified clinic to address the physical health of patients through the use of health screenings. This integrations provided patients access to physical health care services in a trusted setting for those who may not be comfortable seeking care in a primary care setting. Care Compass Network effectively integrated four behavioral health clinics, each of which received a special waiver to administer primary care services within their facility

Download Project Evaluation White Paper for Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care Services Model 1 – Project 3.a.i.

Download Project Evaluation White Paper for Integration of Primary Care into Behavioral Health Model 2 – Project 3.a.i.