Primary Behavioral Health Integrated Care Training Academy

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Organization Type: 
Not For Profit
Program Type: 
Standing Program
Education Level: 
Postgraduate (e.g., residency, fellowship)
Educational Elements: 
Program Description: 

The Primary Behavioral Health Integrated Care Training Academy is a two-day, peer-to-peer training program that takes participants through the details of the Cherokee Health System clinical model, as well as the administrative, operational, financial, and collaborative aspects of the practice.  Cherokee Health Systems has administered an integrated primary care/behavioral health model for over 30 years and actively shares these experiences and processes with their safety net colleagues across the country interested in integrating care into their clinics.  Cherokee’s blended behavioral health and primary care clinical model has embedded a behavioral health consultant on the primary care team; provides real-time behavioral and psychiatric consultations to the primary care providers; is a focused behavioral health intervention in primary care; offers a behavioral medicine scope of practice; encouragespatient responsibility for healthful living; and is a behaviorally enhanced healthcare home. 

As both a Federally Quality Health Care Center and a Community Mental Health Center, Cherokee Health Systems knows of the opportunities and challenges that face both the primary and mental health sectors.  It is a real-world model taught in a peer-to-peer method by professionals who deliver the model every day.  This two-day training program is available and applicable to participants from any state and takes them through the details of the Cherokee Health System clinical model, instructions for implementation, administration oversight, practitioner case studies, financing information, and team consultation.  In addition, staffing workflows are discussed including topics such as operations, scheduling, access, documentation, and administrative and clinical team meetings.

Targeted Professions
Family Medicine
Internal Medicine
Nurse Practitioners
Social Work: 
Psychiatric social work
Medical social work
Clinical Health
Self-Reported Competencies
PCPCC’s Education and Training Task Force identified 16 interprofessional training competencies critical for preparing health professionals for practicing in team-based, coordinated care models such as patient-centered medical homes. Listed below are the self-reported competencies that this program has achieved, which have been organized by the five core features of a medical home as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Patient-Centered Care Competencies: 
Advocacy for patient-centered integrated care
Development of effective, caring relationships with patients
Patient-centered care planning, including collaborative decision-making and patient self-management
Comprehensive Care Competencies: 
Assessment of biopsychosocial needs across the lifespan
Population-based approaches to health care delivery
Coordinated Care Competencies: 
Care coordination for comprehensive care of patient & family in the community
Health information technology, including e-communications with patients & other providers
Interprofessionalism & interdisciplinary team collaboration
Team leadership
Quality Care & Safety Competencies: 
Business models for patient-centered integrated care
Evidence-based practice
Accessible Care Competencies: 
Promotion of appropriate access to care (e.g., group appointments, open scheduling)
Last updated November 15, 2013

* Please note: Information contained in this database is self-reported by representatives from each program. It does not represent an exhaustive list of education and training programs and inclusion does not constitute an endorsement from the PCPCC.


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