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What is “Behavioral Health”?

Answer: Mental health problems and/or substance use problems

Why Is It Important to Treat Behavioral Health:

  1. Behavioral health issues – such as depression, anxiety, or substance use -are among the MOST COMMON and DISABLING health conditions WORLDWIDE!
  2. Behavioral health issues often occur along with chronic medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, asthma, COPD, heart disease, cancer) and can significantly worsen overall health outcomes
  3. When behavioral health problems are not treated, they can impede self-care and the effectiveness of medical and mental health treatments, they are associated with increased mortality, and finally they are linked to increased health costs.

THE GOOD NEWS!
Most people, according to national surveys, prefer an integrated approach in which primary care and behavioral health providers
WORK TOGETHER to address both their medical and behavioral health needs.

THE BAD NEWS
Currently we have a fragmented health care delivery system in which medical, mental health, substance use and social services are delivered in
GEOGRAPHICALLY and ORGANIZATIONALLY separate SILOS… ……with little or no effective collaboration.

(MED) ////// (MH) ///// (SUD) ////// (SOC SVCS)

THE GOOD NEWS (again!)
This segregated, separate system of health care delivery is beginning to change

DOWN TO BRASS TACKS: HOW is Integrated Care Coming to Your Doctor’s Office?

The ACA is funding pilot projects around the country (great success in Washington State, Minnesota etc) studying and adopting best ways to treat common mental disorders in
primary care. We can expect to see these changes coming soon to our doctor’s offices:

MORE GOOD NEWS!
The
ACA supports the PCMH and ACO models of health care delivery, and they both support and include integrated care
The consensus is growing that patient-centered medical homes “includes the care of mental health/behavioral health/chemical dependency within the scope of a primary care practice.”

PCMH also call for:

So, overall……..YES, THIS IS PROGRESS !

Continue to Part IV

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