It is estimated that as many as 70% of all visits to primary
care are the result of psychosocial issues (Robinson and Reiter,
2007*). Studies strongly suggest that underlying behavior problems
(mental health and substance abuse) play a major role in the
physical complaints that clients present as the reason for these
visits. Most primary care practices are not properly staffed or
organized to respond effectively to these clients.
There are many physical health
disorders and problems where psychological factors contribute
significantly to treatment outcomes (e.g., asthma, smoking,
obesity, diabetes, hypertension, chronic pain). Most primary practices are not properly staffed or
organized to provide clients with the behavioral supports and
interventions that they need to achieve effective management of
IBHI and its nationally recognized partners are
prepared to assist primary care practices as well as CCOs to integrate
behavioral health services and expertise into their processes of
delivering care and managing their businesses.
Our most recent primary care integration efforts have
been with the Benton County Health Center (BCHC). On August 1, 2014
IBHI began providing technical assistance to BCHC in implementing a
two year, $470,000 HRSA grant. As the grant's Project Coordinator,
IBHI is responsibile for organizing the project; providing training
to BCHC's four Behaviorists; and consulting with the staff of
BCHC's four clinics to assist with the redesign of their day to day
operations. Additional trainings are being provided through a host
of nationally recognized experts.
approach to assisting primary care
practices with integration, reflected in our logo, represents an
Engaging clients, where they are at, both literally (at the
PCP's office) and psychologically, is essential for motivating
clients to be active participants in their healthcare.
Engaged and activated clients are open to making behavior changes
which positively impact their health and well-being. For those with
behavioral health illnesses, engagement and activation are the
foundations of recovery.
Transforming a primary care practice to achieve these objectives
is much easier said than done. Contact IBHI today to learn more about the
services we have available to assist you in fully integrating
behavioral health into your practice.
To learn about our most recent integration work with primary
care, read a Lund Report
article that describes a winning HRSA grant award we helped to
write and then implement.
*Robinson and Reiter (2007). Behavioral Consultation and Primary
Care: a Guide to Integrating Services, Chapter 15, "Evaluating your