Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care

Date: January 18, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST
Featuring: Innovative examples of integrating primary care and behavioral health from Dr. Judith Feld (Independent Health), Dr. James Schuster (UPMC) and Dr. Mason Turner (Kaiser Permanente), with an introduction by Christopher Carroll (SAMHSA).
Where: ACHP’s online meeting center (WebEx), password “HEALTH.” Click here to register.


The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) invites you to join us on Wednesday, January 18 at 1:00 p.m. EST to discuss the innovative approaches that not-for-profit, community-based health plans are using to integrate primary care and behavioral health. Join us and learn how:

  • SAMHSA’s Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) Grant Program is supporting communities to provide coordinated and integrated services through co-locating primary and specialty care services in community-based mental and behavioral health settings. The program has awarded grants to more than 215 organizations across the United States.
  • Independent Health has fully integrated behavioral health consultants within nine patient-centered medical homes, resulting in high patient satisfaction and significantly increased screening rates for mental health and substance abuse. More than 5,000 unique patients were seen within a 24-month period.
  • UPMC Health Plan and the UPMC Insurance Division are integrating primary care and behavioral health with programs that support co-location of behavioral health specialists at primary care sites, place care managers within primary care practices to assist with care coordination and reverse co-locate wellness nurses in behavioral health settings. Through these and other programs, UPMC has enhanced the quality of life for participating members, lowered readmission rates and increased adherence to treatment recommendations.
  • Kaiser Permanente’s evidence-based collaborative care approach to depression treatment helps adult members who have been newly diagnosed with mild-to-moderate depression and who have started an antidepressant. Data suggest that program participants have significantly lower depression levels compared to similar members, as well as higher rates of antidepressant adherence.


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