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J Subst Abuse Treat. 2012 Dec;43(4):402-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2012.08.013. Epub 2012 Sep 19.

Development and initial feasibility of an organizational measure of behavioral health integration in medical care settings.

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Department of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03766, USA. mark.p.mcgovern@dartmouth.edu

Abstract

In the advent of health care reform, models are sought to integrate behavioral health and routine medical care services. Historically, the behavioral health specialty has not itself been integrated, but instead bifurcated by substance use and mental health across treatment systems, care providers and even research. With the present opportunity to transform the health care delivery system, it is incumbent upon policymakers, researchers and clinicians to avoid repeating this historical error, and provide integrated behavioral health services in medical contexts. An organizational measure designed to assess this capacity is described: the Dual Diagnosis Capability in Health Care Settings (DDCHCS). The DDCHCS was used to assess a sample of federally-qualified health centers (N=13) on the degree of behavioral health integration. The measure was found to be feasible and sensitive to detecting variation in integrated behavioral health services capacity. Three of the 13 agencies were dual diagnosis capable, with significant variation in DDCHCS dimensions measuring staffing, treatment practices and program milieu. In general, mental health services were more integrated than substance use. Future research should consider a revised version of the measure, a larger and more representative sample, and linking organizational capacity with patient outcomes.

PMID:
22999813
DOI:
10.1016/j.jsat.2012.08.013
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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