Webinar – Integrating Behavioral Health in Primary Care: Lessons from Health Centers

September 12, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013, 1:30pm-2:30pm EDT/10:30am-11:30am PDT

Health centers around the country serve underserved communities with high need for comprehensive health care. Health centers are located in both rural and urban areas. They provide services to several special populations with varying needs, and over the past ten years, health centers have expanded their capacity to provide behavioral health services. 

Join two health centers as they discuss their efforts to build behavioral health capacity within their communities. Their approaches are applicable to a variety of safety-net providers trying to incorporate behavioral health services into their agency. 

Integrating behavioral health services into a primary care practice involves elements such as adjusting staff roles, workflows, and getting significant stakeholder buy-in. Two health centers, Tillamook in Oregon and Manet in Massachusetts, will share their lessons learned in establishing integrated care, including what they gained regarding leadership, partnership development, business strategies, and program sustainability.  

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Over the past year, these centers participated in the Behavioral Health Integration Learning Community supported by the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions, and jointly run with the National Association of Community Health Centers. Their achievements in implementing the new services are evidence of the successes of the collaborative.

After participation, attendees will:

  • Understand the importance of internal and external partnerships for successful behavioral health integration into primary care.
  • Appreciate a patient-centered approach to behavioral health integration and improved health outcomes (handout).
  • Know how to develop a business case and cost savings for behavioral health integration (handouts).
  • Understand the critical pieces of building integrated care and consider what this may mean for their own organization.

Registration is free, but space is limited to 1,000 attendees.

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