Behavioral Health Integration with Primary Care

Primary care settings have become a gateway for many individuals with behavioral health and primary care needs. To address these needs, primary care providers are integrating behavioral health care services into their practice setting.

Health centers provide both mental and substance abuse services.

  • Counseling
  • 24-hour Crisis Intervention
  • Developmental Screenings
  • Detoxification

Behavioral Health Integration Basics

Primary care settings have facilitated access to behavioral care for many individuals presenting with behavioral health needs. Are you looking to integrate behavioral health into your primary care setting? The following resources highlight key considerations around integration.

Behavioral Health Performance Measures

Depression Screening and Follow-up

This performance measure requires health centers to report the number of patients age 12 and older screened for depression and receiving a follow-up plan (if diagnosed).

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment

Health centers annually report this performance measure, as well as other substance abuse counseling and treatment services. It identifies, reduces, and prevents substance abuse.


Substance Use Warmline
Free, Peer-to-peer telephone consultation from physicians, clinical pharmacists, and nurses with special expertise in mental health and substance use evaluation and management.

CDC Prescribing Guideline
This guideline provides recommendations for primary care clinicians who are prescribing opioids to patients 18 and older for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care.

Opioid Addiction Treatment ECHO
This ECHO provides free, training and support using videoconferencing technology to federally-qualified health centers in the treatment of opioid use disorder.


These webinars provide additional information about behavioral health integration with primary care through health centers.

BPHC On-Demand Webinar

Partner On-Demand Webinars

Community Health Partners for Sustainability

Behavioral Health Grants

Funding is available to improve and expand the delivery of behavioral health services. Heath Center Program grantees who did not receive New Access Point funding in FY 2013 or 2014 were eligible to apply.

FY 2014 Health Center Mental Health Service Expansion - Behavioral Health Integration Awards

Did You Know?

The National Health Service Corps can help you recruit and retain qualified behavioral health care providers.

More Clinical Quality Improvement

Accreditation & PCMH Recognition


Behavioral Health Integration Supplement Program Information

Bureau of Primary Health Care
Phone: 301-594-4300