How We Are Integrating Behavioral Health Into Primary Care

More than one in four adults in the United States experience a behavioral health concern each year. For those seeking help, the first stop is often a primary care provider. Yet, many primary care providers lack the knowledge, time, and funding to provide the type and level of care needed, which can affect both mental and physical health outcomes.

Beyond common treatments for diagnosed mental health disorders, patients require support for a wide range of behavioral health needs including mental health disorders, addiction, and other unhealthy behaviors. Support can include lifestyle changes to better manage chronic disease—for example, changing eating and exercise habits to better manage diabetes—as well as techniques to better manage mental well-being—such as practicing mindfulness to manage anxiety.

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