Meeting Both Behavioral and Physical Needs
An integration of behavioral health and primary care services is necessary to break the "silo" system of care that too often fails to meet the needs of those patients who have both behavioral and physical comorbidities. CCNC is committed to advancing efforts to create a health system that recognizes the complex interaction of mind and body.
Background on the Behavioral Health Initiative
In February 2010, the Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) approved the Behavioral Health Integration Initiative (BHI) to support the integration of behavioral health services, including mental health and substance abuse, into the 1,400 CCNC primary care practices across North Carolina. At the CCNC central office, a psychiatrist directs the initiative and leads a team comprised of a second psychiatrist and associate director, a behavioral health pharmacist, and a behavioral health care coordination program manager. In addition, each network now includes the services of a psychiatrist and a behavioral health coordinator dedicated to the implementation of BHI at the local level. In all, ten (10) full-time equivalent psychiatrists and fourteen (14) behavioral health coordinators joined CCNC's networks.
CCNC supports primary care practices becoming the medical home both for enrollees with mild to moderate behavioral health issues being served in in the primary care system, and those with severe and persistent mental illness being served in our specialty behavioral health system. Current Behavioral Health Integration Initiative projects include:
CCNC Referral Forms
Access referral forms for use between primary care practices and behavioral health providers here.