Caring for Every Child's Mental Health

Behavioral Health Care Integration Resources

Find resources from national organizations and federal agencies about the integration of behavioral health care and primary care.

Integrated care is an approach in which primary care and behavioral health clinicians work together with patients and families to address their whole health. This approach uses systematic and cost-effective strategies to provide patient-centered care that improves outcomes.

Common Approaches

There are many approaches to integrated care. Examples include:

  • Co-locating behavioral health care in primary health care, child welfare, and education settings to promote access to services and resources for children, youth, and families
  • Distributing information to families about mental health care in primary health care practices
  • Ensuring more effective communication among providers and families
  • Promoting better coordination of services and relationships among care providers
  • Providing behavioral health care services in schools
  • Providing behavioral health care services in child welfare settings
  • Bringing primary health care into behavioral health care settings

Benefits of Integration

Integration benefits patients, families, and providers in several ways, including:

  • Improved access to care
  • Increased adherence to treatment and follow-up on referrals
  • Increased collaboration among providers
  • Decreased use of unnecessary emergency services
  • Development of an integrated, individualized care plan

To learn how you can overcome barriers to integration and the steps involved, explore the Quick Start Guide to Behavioral Health Integration from the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions.

Resources for Integration with Primary Care

Browse the following resources to help you integrate behavioral health care into primary care settings.

Integration Resources About Children with Chronic Illnesses

Use these resources to support integrated behavioral health care for children with chronic illnesses and their families.

Last Updated: 09/28/2017