Rochester Behavioral Health Integration Annual Symposium 2017


Program Overview

Over 80% of patients with BH conditions present only or primarily in the primary or specialty medical/surgical setting. Of these, up to 70% receive no treatment for their BH conditions.  Fewer than one in nine of those who do receive treatment in the medical setting are exposed to an effective evidence based BH intervention. Despite these facts, over 90% of BH professionals practice almost exclusively in standalone inpatient and outpatient BH settings. Most referrals to BH services remain problematic given difficulties with access, poor communication, lack of coordination in care as well as other barriers including issues of confidentiality, insurance, stigma, adherence with follow up and more. The fact is that the mental health system in the US simply does not meet the needs of the population, and the primary care system has been left to pick up the slack. At the same time, we find evidence that medical patients with comorbid BH conditions are: (1) more treatment resistant, (2) experience more medical complications, (3) report greater impairment, (4) use more disability days, and (5) often have more than double the total health care costs when compared to medical patients without BH comorbidities.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the clinical and cost impact of untreated behavioral health conditions in the medical setting
  • Describe different models of value-added collaborative behavioral health services to consider within a primary care site or when building a CIN or ACO
  • Describe differences in integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care  for children vs. adult populations
  • Understand novel integration models and research at URMC including Primary Care integration into Behavioral Health.
  • Understand the importance of team-based care to the delivery of integrated BH care in the medical setting.

Conference Details

  • When

  • Friday, October 13, 2017
    8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    Eastern Time Zone

  • Where

  • Hilton Garden Inn Rochester/University & Medical Center
    30 Celebration Drive
    Rochester, New York 14620

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