Use these new guides to help integrate behavioral health care


You want to know how your primary care practice, whether large or small, private or part of a healthcare system, can seamlessly integrate the screening and treatment of patients for suicide risk and related disorders. substance use to your current workflow? Or when and how to treat patients with psychotropic drugs?

WADA recently added four new practice guides to the Behavioral Health Integration Compendium (BHI) to help you more easily address the needs of your patients. They offer practical, actionable advice for standardizing behavioral health care screening and treatment in your practice. The Behavioral Health Integration Compendium is a unique online collection of resources from eight national physician organizations designed to help you no matter where you are on your integrated health care journey.

“For medical practices looking to accelerate the integration of behavioral health, particularly given the acute increase in psychological distress and trauma created during the COVID-19 pandemic, the reliable online resources offered by the BHI Compendium provide a proven path to implementation and lasting success, ”said WADA President Gerald E. Harmon, MD.

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Here are four ways the new downloadable additions to the BHI Compendium can help you integrate behavioral health care into your primary care practice.

    1. Regardless of the practice setting, staffing, or overall financial considerations of your primary care practice, there are general sequences of actions that you can adjust to meet the needs of your practice and the resources available to integrate them. behavioral health care. The “BHI Workflow Guide” describes key topics to consider including staffing, crisis protocols, billing and coding, and more. It includes a “Hot Transfer Script” to help you introduce a patient to the built-in program and create a smooth transition of care between providers. The guide also provides sample workflows (PDF) and an editable plan (PDF) to help practices and systems create their own workflow that works best for them and their patients.
    1. Substance use disorders increase the risk that patients will develop other health problems, but because there is still a stigma associated with the disorder, patients may be reluctant to seek care. The “Practical Guide to Substance Use Disorders” provides physicians’ practices and health systems with practical strategies, concrete steps and evidence-based resources to identify and treat patient substance use or abuse. . For example, it is important for healthcare organizations to establish an environment of trust and to use a non-judgmental approach to recognizing SUD as a disease.
    1. Over 40% of patients considering suicide interact with their primary care physician within days of death. But doctors and staff may not be prepared on the best way to respond when a patient expresses suicidal thoughts or behavior. The “Practical Guide to Suicide Prevention” provides concrete steps and evidence-based resources for physician practices and healthcare systems to identify patients at risk for suicide and connect them to the most appropriate treatment plan. appropriate.
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    1. The “Practical Guide to Psychopharmacology” provides you with strategies and best practices for evaluating when and how it is appropriate to prescribe psychotropic drugs to your patient. For example, creating a space for patients to let you and your team know about their experiences not only helps the patient recover, but helps reduce the potential stigma they may feel. The guide can also help you learn to assess the suitability of psychopharmacology and the patient’s willingness to undergo treatment, implement a treatment plan, understand financial considerations and more.

WADA created the BHI Collaborative with seven other leading medical associations to help physicians create practices that can treat the whole patient. Learn more with the “Overcoming Obstacles” webinar series of collaboration.


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