Treating The Whole Patient
The Behavioral Health Integration Initiative (BHI) enables primary care providers to incorporate behavioral health best practices in the evaluation and treatment of patients with both physical health and mild to moderate behavioral health issues including depression, chronic pain and substance use problems. They will be able to collaborate with behavioral health organizations and behavioral health providers to optimize care of patients with both medical and mild to moderate behavioral health conditions. They will also be able to collaborate with network psychiatrist, network pharmacists, and care managers regarding best practices for behavioral health diagnoses, treatment, and follow-up treating the patient in the local community.
The integration of behavioral health and primary care begins to break a "silo" system of care that too often fails to meet the needs of those patients who have both behavioral health and physical health conditions.