One of the major challenges facing healthcare delivery systems today involves the linkage, coordination and integration of primary care and mental health services. The historic separation of physical and psychiatric healthcare is no longer meeting people’s needs. Too many go without their mental health needs being adequately identified and addressed. Of equal concern is the substantial physical suffering and premature death for individuals with serious mental illness.
The California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions, in collaboration with a range of partners from government, academia and the service delivery sectors amongst others, is working on several initiatives to address the pressing need for improved linkage and access. Changes in policy, administration, and practice will be required to improve the current circumstance; solutions lie in developing and better managing a continuum of care ranging from coordination and collaboration to partial and full integration.
CIBHS can help coordinate care and integrate services. For more information, please contact Karin Kalk.
The California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions in collaboration with the Alcohol and Drug Policy Institute and the Integrated Behavioral Health Project webinar series on Integrating Primary Care, Mental Health and Substance Use Services is available through downloading the recording for each session.
We are pleased to announce a new resource for primary care, mental health and substance use disorders policy leaders, administrators and providers as well as advocates including consumer/client and family member organizations.