Psychiatrists are uniquely positioned to improve access to effective mental health care in the context of rapidly evolving health care reform. Integrated care programs, in which mental health care is delivered in primary care settings, exist as a promising solution to common, disabling and costly behavioral health problems, such as depression, anxiety and substance use disorders. View resources, education opportunities, and information below.
Through the CMS Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI), APA’s Support and Alignment Network is training 3,500 psychiatrists in Collaborative Care and connecting them with Practice Transformation Networks across the country.
Applying the Integrated Care Approachprovides training in Collaborative Care Consultation Psychiatry, focusing on the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to help psychiatrists provide high quality care for larger populations.
Learn about the report – Dissemination of Integrated Care Within Adult Primary Care Settings: The Collaborative Care Model – developed jointly by APA and Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM), which reviews the current evidence-base for Collaborative Care, essential implementation elements with detailed examples, lessons learned by those who have implemented the model, and recommendations for how to advance its use to better meet the whole health needs people with mental health conditions.
Health care systems often find more questions than answers to the complex maze of integrated care. The following Frequently Asked Questions was developed for primary care physicians to clarify some confusing elements of behavioral health integration.
APA Work Groups on Health Care Reform
APA is actively engaged in multiple healthcare reform initiatives. This work group was appointed to review APA activities and to make recommendations for the ongoing prioritization and direction to ensure APA and American psychiatry are well positioned to strategically promote and influence US healthcare reform efforts.
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