Expanding Our View of Mental Health

Expanding Our View of Mental Health. by Sara Millburn, MHCL

This article makes a great case for integrated care in the world of primary care practice.  Among the salient points made are the following:

  • About half of all mental health care for common psychiatric disorders (like depression and anxiety) is provided in primary care settings.
  • If a primary care provider refers a patient to an outside mental health provider, only about half of the patients actually follow through with making an appointment.
  • In an integrated care approach, a behavioral health care manager is just another member of the primary care team.
  • The behavioral health care manager regularly checks in with the patient to see if they are still liking and following the plan.

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