The Center For Medicare And Medicaid Services

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (2010) states that the federal government in conjunction with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are pushing for the integration of behavioral health care and primary care for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI). All Over the Nation, Behavioral Health is Being Integrated into Primary Care The Institute for Healthcare Improvement is partnering with approximately 30 organizations throughout the U.S. Together, they are integrating behavioral health services into primary care. Some states have already adopted this model of patient care. A Program Created to Assist in Community-Based Behavioral Health Settings In 2009, a Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) program was implemented by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The PBHCI was created to assist in funding community-based behavioral health settings. As of 2014, the SAMHSA has funded 99 settings. Each of these 99 settings falls within the gamut of integration and collaboration between behavioral health and primary care. Patient Care Model Links Primary Care and Mental Health Services At a Bellin Health Clinic in Ashwaubenon, Wis., a counselor sits among the doctors, nurses and other staff members. Several times each day counselor Dan Gesell meets with patients to discuss issues related to depression and anxiety, or any other matter that arises during a routine visit to the family doctor. It seems that pairing primary
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