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A Quick Start Guide to Behavioral Health Integration for Safety-Net Primary Care Providers

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Integrating behavioral health (mental health and substance use) services into a primary care system involves changes across an organization’s workforce, administration, clinical operations, and more. Successful integration involves more than increasing access to behavioral health services through enhanced referral processes or co-location; the system of care delivery is transformed. This resource provides information on implementing aspects of integrated care.

Community Mental Health Centers
Health Centers
Primary Care Settings
Behavioral health workforce recruitment and retention
Billing/Reimbursement Strategies
Clinical Workflows
Workforce Development/Provider Training and Capacity Building