Integrated Care Commitee Resource Documents
SAMHSA and HRSA created the Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CHIS). CIHS’ Standard Framework for Levels of Integrated Healthcare helps primary and behavioral healthcare provider organizations improve outcomes by helping them understand where they are on the integration continuum. This six-level framework can be used for planning; creating a common language to discuss integration, progress, and financing; supporting assessment and benchmarking efforts; explaining integration efforts to stakeholders; and clarifying differences in vision between two or more partnering organizations.
This guide, produced by the American Hospital Association in February of 2014, was created to help hospitals and care systems consider the impact of better integrating behavioral health across multiple health care delivery settings and provide the tools to do so.
Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) is a federal grant program administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to promote the wellness of young children ages birth to 8 years of age. The program’s findings are of importance to the public health and behavioral health fields in advancing knowledge about comprehensive community-wide approaches to improving child health and development. The Project LAUNCH Technical Assistance (TA) Team developed this assessment tool to stimulate thinking about the integration of behavioral health into primary care. The tool is not a step-by-step guide or an all-inclusive list, but rather a means to help identify and assess project activities related to integration efforts.
The field of behavioral health integration is only beginning to develop a standardized vocabulary, with different vocabularies emerging from different intellectual, geographical, organizational or disciplinary traditions. Definitions in the field have emphasized values, principles and goals rather than functional specifics required for a particular implementation to count as the genuine article. Definitions have not supplied a vocabulary for acceptable alternatives—to prevent behavioral health integration from being seen as a field in which “anything goes.”
This lexicon is a set of concepts and definitions developed by expert consensus for what we mean by behavioral health and primary care integration—a functional definition—what things look like in practice. A consensus lexicon enables effective communication and concerted action among clinicians, care systems, health plans, payers, researchers, policymakers, business modelers and patients working for effective, widespread implementation on a meaningful scale.