The Integration Edge

Authors: SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions
Publication Year: 2018
Last Updated: 2018-02-09 13:13:15
Journal: SAMSHA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions
Keywords: American Indian, Alaska Native, AI/AN, Native American, Health Solutions, Integrative Health, Health Care, Health Care Organizations, Behavioral Health, Primary Care, Integrated Care

Short Abstract:

The Integration Edge provides the latest tips and stories of how organizations are implementing primary and behavioral health care integration. A regularly updated resource from the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions for you and your team to get tips and examples of how organizations like yours implement integrated primary and behavioral health care.


Integrated care teams currently serve more than 25 million patients in the U.S. The key to successful integrated care is high-functioning multidisciplinary teams. Teams should be comprised of well-trained staff with the core professional competencies and personal qualities needed to deliver services in integrated care settings. To achieve this, organizations should develop strategies and utilize best practices to recruit, hire, train, and retain competent care providers who function well in a team environment. Integrated care is unique in that, although a clinician may have been effective as an independent provider, he or she may not necessarily function well and appreciate working in an integrated setting.

This brief guide provides managers with the necessary framework for building integrated teams. Building on the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) resource on Core Competencies for Integrated Care, this document offers HRSA-funded safety-net providers recruitment resources and interview questions to help develop an integrated care staff. Included are techniques to identify behavioral health clinicians with the right skills and qualities to work in integrated care settings, as well as training resources to continue strengthening an integrated care team. Additional resources are provided to support creating teams appropriate to the specific clinical environment.

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