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B012 Tales From the Clinic: Behavioral Health Providers' First Year of Integrating Behavioral Health Into Family Medicine

Holly Hallman; Katie Hyland; Linda Perkins McRae, LCSW, PsyD

05/6/17 7:15 AM - 8:15 AM Harbor Ballroom

Behavioral health has historically been treated as a category all its own, with services typically provided in a setting completely separate from a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and with very limited opportunity for collaboration between medical and behavioral health providers. Enter integrated care, in which medical and behavioral health providers work together in a primary care setting to support the overall health of the patient, recognizing that what happens in the body affects the mind and vice versa. The presenters will discuss their experience of integrating behavioral health into a family medicine residency in an academic setting and federally qualified health center. The success of integration includes interdisciplinary training, clinical and operational modifications, knowledge of behavioral health interventions, and avoiding pitfalls to successful integration.

Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify a variety of patient conditions appropriate for integrated care interventions.
  2. Apply behavioral health strategies to intervene in common patient presentations.
  3. Describe the challenges and benefits of integration.


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