Behavioral Health integration is about treating the whole patient.

The Behavioral Health Integration Initiative (BHI) will support primary care practitioners seeking to incorporate behavioral health best practices in the evaluation and treatment of patients.

Through the program, we envision that all primary care practices will use best practices to identify and treat behavioral health conditions including depression, chronic pain and substance use, and will use psychotropic medications in a safe and effective manner. 

The goals of behavioral health integration are:

  1. Assist primary care providers in the use of best practice toolkits for behavioral health conditions including depression, chronic pain, and substance use
  2. Collaborate with LME/MCOs and behavioral health providers to optimize care of patients with concurrent medical and behavioral health conditions
  3. Increase safety monitoring of off-label prescribing of antipsychotic medication for children
  4. Reduce off-label prescribing of antipsychotic medication for anxiety, sleep and as mono-therapy for depression in the adult population
  5. Educate network pharmacists and care managers regarding best practices for behavioral health diagnoses, treatment, and follow-up