Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration Project
The Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration Project supports and facilitates the integration of behavioral and physical health services at community health centers, and across different systems of care, in an effort to improve the overall health of those it serves.
The program is offered in collaboration with a variety of community health centers in San Diego, CA. The Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration Project is comprised of three components:
- The Integrated Behavioral Health Project enables behavioral health consultants to be available onsite as part of the primary care team at seven Federally Qualified Health Center organizations; Imperial Beach Health Centers, La Maestra Community Health Centers, Mountain Health and Community Services, Neighborhood Healthcare, North County Health Services, San Ysidro Health Centers and Family Health Centers of San Diego.
- The Peer Promotora Project provides a team of promotoras at five FQHC sites who offer support groups and outreach to engage people in treatment who are need of behavioral health services.
- The Integration Institute seeks to enhance the integration of behavioral and primary health services through technical assistance and training to administrative and clinical leaders of primary care and behavioral health organizations.
Adults 18 years and older with behavioral health issues who are receiving care at one of the seven participating FQHC organizations.
To date the project has provided integrated behavioral health services to over 7,500 adults in San Diego County and Promotora’s have conducted outreach and individual and group sessions to over 35,000.
Health Quality Partners has hosted the Annual Integration Summit for six years. This provides an opportunity for over 300 people to come together, inspire, and educate people from a variety of systems of care including primary care, mental health, and substance misuse treatment providers.
A wide variety of information and technical assistance regarding Integrated Behavioral Healthcare can be found on the projects’ website. The website includes a library of over 40 webinars developed to increase primary care providers’ interest in, knowledge of and comfort with treating behavioral health issues in primary care. Data