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Welcome to Integrated Behavioral Health in Family Medicine

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Addressing complex health problems requires the collaborative expertise of professionals from different disciplines. Behavioral health professionals address mental illness and also behaviors that are leading causes of chronic disease. In isolation, mental illness can be a chronic and disabling complex health problem. When co-occurring with medical conditions, mental illness can adversely affect the course and management of chronic disease. Unhealthy behaviors such as poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, and tobacco use can be major contributors and causes of chronic medical disease onset and worsening.

Behavioral Health is a large and growing division in the Department of Family Medicine that addresses mental illness, its comorbidity with chronic disease, and unhealthy behaviors. In the Division, professionals from different behavioral health specialties work together in training and education, patient care, research, and leadership initiatives. Psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers, in collaboration with family medicine physicians, provide:

  • Training and Education to the next generation of family medicine residents, psychology residents and fellows, and social work students
  • Integrated behavioral health patient care in the patient centered medical home
  • Grant funded research in primary care
  • Leadership and advocacy for behavioral health initiatives locally, regionally, and nationally

Interprofessional training and integrative care are hallmarks of the initiatives in the division.