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IMPLEMENTING INTEGRATED PRIMARY CARE

Implementing behavioral health integration in primary care is better described as a journey or a transformation, rather than as starting a new program. Successful integration will impact the work of all of the members of the practice: doctors, behavioral health clinicians, administrators, and other medical staff. The most successful practices or health systems have leadership who support integration as critical to the mission of the organization. Most also have expert support along the way.

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Read up on the process of integration from reports by those who have relevant experience.


Make sure that new behavioral health clinicians have or can develop the competencies necessary to work successfully in primary care.


Find expert input either through publicly available resources or targeted consultation.

Blount, A. (2019). It takes a team. In S. Gold and L. Green (Eds.), Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care. Springer, New York. pp 131-155.