Thanks to the National Council for Behavioral Health, the following information has been compiled from SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions resources.

Thanksgiving dinner requires careful planning, preparation and coordination. So does integrating primary and behavioral health care. So what’s the recipe for success?

The SAMHSA-HRSA Center or Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) has a cornucopia of resources to bring to the table. Together, these tools can help you identify the right ingredients and build the menu of services and supports needed to improve the whole health of those you serve through integrated care.

  1. Invite the right guests. Start a conversation with potential stakeholders and champions by sharing this animated video of “Wendy” as she experiences integrated care for her multiple health concerns.
  2. Choose the right ingredients. If you’re starting from scratch, you’ll likely have questions about what tools to use. Use the Quick Start Guide to Behavioral Health Integration to walk you through some of the questions to consider when integrating primary care and behavioral health and find the resources your organization needs.
  3. Set the table. Use the Standard Framework for Levels of Integrated Healthcare to understand where your organization is on the integration continuum. The Core Competencies for Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care provide a reference for the vision of an integrated workforce and the six categories of workforce development so you can have all the necessary providers around the table.
  4. Use tried and true recipes. Learn from those who have done it before (and perfected the recipe). Understand the essential clinical features of a health home and how providers successfully implement these features in Behavioral Health Homes for People with Mental Health and Substance Use Conditions: The Core Clinical Features. For addictions treatment providers, Innovations in Addiction Treatment imparts insight and perspective from organizations that integrate addiction and primary care services. Do you serve the younger members of the family? Find models of organizing service delivery for children with behavioral health concerns in Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care for Children and Youth: Concepts and Strategies.
  5. Encourage healthy choices. Do your services reflect a culture of health and wellness? Consult the Health Promotion Resource Guide to make informed decisions regarding evidence-based programs and practices designed to improve physical activity and nutrition for people with serious mental illnesses.

Need more ingredients? Whether you are a behavioral health or primary care provider, find an abundance of resources on integrated care models, workforce, financing, administration operations, clinical practice and wellness on the CIHS website.