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Introduction

This resource brief provides a selection of current, high-quality resources about behavioral health and its public health impact. Resources are chosen from NCA partners based on utility for use by community health centers.

About the Issue

A priority in supporting behavioral health is integration: enlisting a team — physicians, nurse practitioners, behavioral health clinicians, community health workers, home visitors, and other health care providers — to work together to address both behavioral and physical health needs to achieve quality outcomes. Including behavioral health care in a primary medical setting has been shown to (1) reduce stigma and discrimination, (2) promote improved patient outcomes, and (3) provide cost benefits.1 The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has developed a “no wrong-door approach” to behavioral health services by developing programs that integrate behavioral health with primary care. Similarly, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), maintains a resource portal on common approaches to integrated care, tips for overcoming common barriers, and integration resources for children with chronic illnesses. Also see Substance Use Disorders.

Focused Resource

Behavioral Interviewing

Annotation: This webinar was held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Speaker Ann Hogan focused on: What is a Behavioral Interviewing question? Why is it important you include Behavioral based questions in your interview process? How to ask Behavioral based questions Strategies to use to make sure the candidate has answered your question Review of Employment Laws that affect the hiring process. Audience: Administrative Staff. Developed by: Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU). See other resources developed by ACU.

Highlighted Resources from the Clearinghouse

Enabling Services at Community Health Centers

Annotation: This report introduces the important role enabling services (ES) play in the delivery of high quality care for medically underserved Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AA&NHPIs). It details the high utilization of such services and the impact they have on patients’ health outcomes. It concludes with recommendations for establishing a nationally recognized standard for ES data collection and utilization, integrating ES into the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model, and funding to sustain and ensure quality services. Audience: C-Suite (CEOs, CFO’s, CIO, COO’s, CMO’s, etc). Developed by: Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (APCHO). See other resources developed by APCHO.

Integrating Buprenorphine Therapy for Opioid Use Disorder into Health Centers

Annotation: This fact sheet provides an overview of key clinical challenges , strategies and considerations when integrating bupernorphine therapy into health centers. Audience: Health Center Staff. Developed by: National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). See other resources developed by NACHC.

Integrated Care Teams to Improve Quality of Care

Annotation: 2 part webinar series to highlight models of integrated care for vulnerable populations. Audience: Clinicians. Developed by: Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH). See other resources developed by CSH.

Integrating Clinical Care and Community Services

Annotation: This webinar will provide strategies and tips on how best build capacity to integrate clinical care with community services given different environments and situational contexts. It will also provide strategies to developing partnerships with community-based organizations. Audience: n.a. Developed by: National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). See other resources developed by NACHC.

All Resources from the Clearinghouse

The clearinghouse actively collects focused resources on this topic. You can view all resources within the clearinghouse related to behavioral health here.


References

1. Health Resources and Services Administration. HRSA Behavioral Health.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,375,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.