Innovation Strategies in Practice: Behavioral Health

Integrating medical care and behavioral health services into primary care practices helps promote more accessible and equitable treatment of patients’ behavioral, mental and physical health needs.

This collection of AMA STEPS Forward™ Practice Innovation Strategies and BHI Collaborative Products provides medical practices with evidence-based best practices, tools, aggregated resources, and practical solutions for implementing and sustaining integrated behavioral health care.

The Compendium of Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) serves as a tool to learn more about integrating behavioral health care, which includes mental health and addictions care, and how to make it effective for your practice and your patients.

Our goal is to provide accessible, detailed information on the steps needed to integrate behavioral health care, which includes mental health and substance use disorders (SUD), into your practice and to provide links to resources if you want more specific information.

View an overview or download the BHI Compendium.

This collection of toolkits focuses on behavioral health education, including the resources and support physicians need to bring medical and behavioral health services together.

Access strategies and solutions to catalyze effective and sustainable integration of behavioral and mental health care into medical practices.

See discussions on IBS, how COVID-19 has affected mental health needs, and how healthcare professionals are working to meet patient needs today and beyond.

This collection of videos explains how physicians can advance the integration of behavioral health into their practice, during COVID-19 and beyond.

Practice experts share how they successfully integrated behavioral healthcare into their practice workflow, creating a seamless experience for patients and the care team.

The AMA provides medical practices with practical tools and solutions for integrating behavioral health programs.

The AMA has partnered with the RAND Corporation to learn more about the motivators, facilitators, and barriers to BHI from medical practices with first-hand experience.

“We found that integrating behavioral health is possible across a wide variety of medical practices, not just primary care,” said study co-author and physician researcher Dr. Peggy G. Chen. RAND, a non-profit research organization. “The key factor in the success of integrating behavioral health has been adapting to the needs and resources of each practice.

Explore key findings and more.

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