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Psychiatr Serv. 2017 Aug 1;68(8):756-758. doi: 10.1176/ Epub 2017 Jul 17.

Using a Continuum-Based Framework for Behavioral Health Integration Into Primary Care in New York State.

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Dr. Chapman is with the Department of Psychiatry, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York. Dr. Chung is with the Montefiore Medical Center and the Care Management Organization, Yonkers, New York. Dr. Pincus is with the Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York.


Behavioral health integration with primary care has long been shown to be an essential part of improving health care and, more recently, of achieving the "triple aim" as part of national reform. Many states are promoting integration activities as part of Medicaid reform, using different models and strategies. The purpose of this column is to describe a framework developed to support behavioral health integration into primary care settings in New York State and how it is specifically linked to key policy initiatives. The framework is designed to be adaptable to practices of varying sizes and with various resources and organizational structures. Its use in groundbreaking New York State integration initiatives is discussed.


Administration & management; Behavioral medicine; Health care reform; Primary care; Program evaluation

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