Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration
Primary care settings have become a gateway for many individuals with behavioral health and primary care needs. To address these needs, primary care providers integrate behavioral health care services into their practice settings.
Health centers provide both mental health and substance use services.
- Screening for mental health and substance use disorders
- Developmental screenings
- Counseling and psychiatry
- 24-hour crisis intervention
- Medication assisted treatment for substance use disorders; detoxification, recovery support
Health Center Behavioral Health Performance Measure Accomplishments
According to 2016 Uniform Data System (UDS) data, health centers achieved the following:
- Over 8.5 million mental health visits
- More than 9,190 behavioral health FTEs to include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and substance use disorder specialists:
- Psychiatrists: 687.78 FTEs
- Licensed Clinical Psychologists: 821.73 FTEs
- Licensed Clinical Social Workers: 3,171.58 FTEs
- Other Licensed Mental Health Providers: 2,298.46 FTEs
- Other Mental Health Staff: 2,212.27 FTEs
- Mental health patients increased by 19.88% from 2015 (1,491,926) to 2016 (1,788,577)
- Depression screenings and follow-up measure for patients increased by nearly 10% from 2015 (50.61%) to 2016 (60.34%)
- Nearly 90% of HRSA health centers provide mental health services
- Additional health center data and reporting information
HRSA Behavioral Health Initiatives
- Learn more about the Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services (SUD-MH) Supplemental Funding and available technical assistance related to substance use and mental health services.
- Learn about HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Development Programs, and the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program – Supplemental Funding, which aims to increase the number of professionals and paraprofessionals trained to deliver behavioral health and primary care services as a part of an integrated, interprofessional team in a HRSA-supported health center located in high-need and high demand areas.
- Learn more about the Access Increases in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services grant and technical assistance related to substance use services.
- Learn how other HRSA supported providers and programs use a wide range of models to achieve integration, including care manager models, behavioral health clinician brief interventions, and models that support fully integrated behavioral/primary care health staff.
Clinical Quality Improvement
Health Center Data & Reporting
Behavioral Health Grants Opportunities
Did You Know?
- The National Health Service Corps can help you recruit and retain qualified behavioral health care providers.