The National Council for Behavioral Health, through the National Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) grant award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), is the home of the newest evidence-based resources, tools and support for organizations working to integrate primary and behavioral health care.
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Tools and Resources
From the beginning stage of assessing organizational buy-in to developing long term plans for financial sustainability, these resources provide guidance and support for integrating primary and behavioral health care. They, along with our integrated care experts, can help open the door to new and innovative possibilities. Partner with us and help your team successfully achieve integrated care.
- Quick Start Guide to Behavioral Health Integration: An interactive flowchart that will walk you through some of the questions to consider when integrating behavioral health care.
- Standard Framework for Levels of Integrated Care: CIHS’ Standard Framework for Levels of Integrated Healthcare helps primary and behavioral health care provider organizations improve outcomes by helping them understand where they are on the integration continuum.
- Organizational Assessment Toolkit for Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration: Provides a compendium of tools that lay out a path to assess readiness for integration, as well as benchmarking opportunities for organizations in the midst of integration efforts.
- Culture of Wellness Organizational Self-Assessment: A self-assessment designed for SAMHSA-funded Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration grantees interested in improving their policies, procedures, practices, activities, services, and social and physical environments to reflect the characteristics of a wellness-focused organization.
- Wellness Organizational Self-Assessment Tool: This performance improvement tool is designed to increase an organization’s awareness of the key components of quality wellness enhancing services.
- The Value of Integrated Behavioral Health: This resource provides organizations with baseline information to help build and strengthen buy-in and to engage key stakeholders including providers, clinical teams, administrators, leadership, public health officials, payers and others. Organizations can customize this resource to begin to make the business case for integration.
- Behavioral Health / Primary Care Integration and the Person-Centered Healthcare Home: A paper proposing that patient-centered medical home model be expanded to incorporate the lessons of the IMPACT model, explicitly building into the medical home model the care manager/ behavioral health consultant and consulting psychiatrist functions that have proven effective in the IMPACT model.
- Substance Use Disorders and the Patient Centered Medical Home: This resource expands the dialogue on patient centered medical homes to describe the integration of substance use treatment with health care services.
- Guiding Principles for Workforce Development: Key recommendations for enhancing the integrated care workforce.
- Medication Assisted Treatment Checklist: This checklist provides policymakers, state and local officials, and other community stakeholders key questions to consider before engaging in efforts to increase access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) in their communities.
- Expanding the Use of Medications to Treat Individuals with Substance Use Disorders in Safety-Net settings: Overview of lessons learned at the provider, state, and federal level to help community providers and federal and local officials continue to develop opportunities to expand use of medication assisted treatment.
- Core Competencies for Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care: A resource for provider organizations as they shape job descriptions, orientation programs, supervision, and performance reviews for workers delivering integrated care. Competencies are also a resource for educators as they shape curricula and training programs on integrated care.
- Behavioral Health/Primary Care Integration and the Person-Centered Healthcare Home: This paper presents evidence-based approaches to the creation of person-centered healthcare homes and the development of partnerships between behavioral health providers and primary care to meet the whole health needs of people with serious mental illnesses.
These resources were developed in part with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Health Resources and Service Administration.