Practical Skills for Integrating
Behavioral Health into Primary Care
November 2017

Program Overview

Course Description: 
This 2-day comprehensive, active learning opportunity is designed to equip primary care teams with practical tools for building successful integrated care with a focus on population health. Participants will learn to distinguish operationally between traditional mental health and integrated care models, and to appreciate how a high functioning team can enhance integration as well as optimize patient experience. Primary care teams will work together to close identified gaps between their current practice patterns and their hopes for integration of behavioral health, and establish a learning community with other practices working toward integration.
Ideal teams to include MD/NP practice champions for integrated care, nurse managers, practice managers, behavioral health clinicians (therapists and psychiatric consultants), care managers, and administrators.

Course Director
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry, Family Medicine
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of the activity, participants should be able to:
  • Conduct a structured needs assessment around integration of behavioral health in their own practices, as well as an action plan to address gaps.
  • Identify the role of behavioral health in population management and our evolution toward value-based care.
  • Differentiate between the roles and functions of traditional mental health and integrated primary care behavioral health.
  •  Learn and practice skills in collaborative care, including warm hand- offs, curbside consultation, screening and referrals 
  • Develop a strategy for tracking and monitoring progress in patients in need of behavioral health and/or psychiatric support.
  • Recognize the characteristics of effective teams and consider opportunities for growth in order to promote integrated primary care.
  • (second day only) Learn and practice micro-skills in brief, evidence based primary care behavioral health intervention and screening approaches

Conference Details

  • When

  • Thursday, November 30, 2017 - Friday, December 1, 2017
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Eastern Time Zone

  • Where

  • University of Rochester Helen Wood Hall
    255 Crittenden Blvd
    Rochester, New York 14620

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