In February 2010, the Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) approved the Behavioral Health Integration Initiative (BHI), a greater integration of behavioral health services into CCNC’s approach. The plan supports the integration of behavioral health services including mental health and substance abuse, into the 1,400 primary care practices in CCNC networks across North Carolina. CCNC hired a lead psychiatrist and a Behavioral Health Program Manager to focus and direct the implementation of this plan. In addition, the local networks have hired psychiatrists and behavioral health coordinators to implement the plan at the local level in each of the 14 networks across the state.
The integration of behavioral health and primary care strives to break down the “silo” system of health care that often fails to consider that patients frequently possess mental and physical comorbidities.
Community Health Partners embraces the vision of integrated care by using a comprehensive interdisciplinary team approach. Our team includes our network psychiatrist, medical director, behavioral health coordinator, nurse care managers, transitional care managers, clinical pharmacists, social worker, management and administrative staff. At CHP, integrated care is supported by:
• Cross training of the nurse care managers and providing transitional care services on the hospital’s behavioral health unit
• Assisting primary care providers in the use of evidenced based screening tools and disease management toolkits for behavioral health conditions including depression, ADHD and substance abuse
• Assisting the behavioral health specialty providers to recognize physical health care needs
• Coordinating and facilitating access to community health care resources
• Collaborating with Partners Behavioral Health Management (MCO) and the local behavioral health providers to optimize care of patients with concurrent medical and behavioral health conditions.
• Reducing off-label prescribing of antipsychotic medication for anxiety sleep and mono therapy for depression in the adult population- ASAP link Click Here
• Increasing the safety monitoring of off-label prescribing of antipsychotic medication for children – A+KIDS Click Here