Integrated Care Within Adult Primary Care

Executive Summary

The integration of behavioral health and general medical services has been the focus of intensive resources, planning, and education efforts for at least a decade. Significant, high-quality scientific health services research spanning three decades has identified one model in particular as being effective and efficient in delivering improved outcomes for a population of patients with behavioral health disorders seen in primary care settings, while also controlling costs and improving access and satisfaction with care. Known as the Collaborative Care Model, it separates itself from other attempts to integrate behavioral health services through its wide adaptation and steady reliance on consistent principles of chronic care delivery, as well as attention to accountability and quality improvement (QI).