Issue Brief 8: Integration of Behavioral Health and Physical Health Care
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Issue Brief 8: Integration of Behavioral Health and Physical Health Care

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March 14, 2013

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Administration on Aging (AoA) commissioned a series of Issue Briefs to address behavioral health issues that are important to older Americans. The Issue Briefs identify key information and opportunities for action that can improve the lives of older people. 

This Issue Brief is intended to help primary and behavioral health care providers develop strategies to integrate care for older adults. It provides:

  • Information on the rationale for implementing integrated primary and behavioral health care models;
  • Examples of integrated care models that target older adults; and
  • Recommendations and Resources to help aging services, behavioral health, and primary care providers implement integrated care programs.

A complimentary webinar series provides a special opportunity to learn about critical behavioral health conditions and problems affecting older adults, including prescription medication misuse and abuse, suicide, depression, and anxiety and evidence-based prevention and treatment programs to address these problems.

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