Health Care Integration Initiatives

Primary and behavioral health care integration is an opportunity under the Affordable Care Act to improve health care quality through the systematic coordination of primary and behavioral healthcare.

What is Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration?

Primary and behavioral health care integration is the systematic coordination of primary and behavioral health care. Since physical and behavioral health problems often occur at the same time, health care professionals want to consider all health conditions at once. Integrating mental health, substance abuse, and primary care services produces the best outcomes and proves the most effective approach to caring for people with multiple healthcare needs.

Health Homes

A health home is not a physical home but a way for Medicaid enrollees to receive health care treatment for chronic conditions. State Medicaid agencies can choose to target their health homes programs for individuals with mental and substance use disorders. Section 2703 of the Affordable Care Act authorizes states to establish health homes as a way to provide more coordinated services for people living with chronic conditions.

Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Grants

SAMHSA awards grants to community-based health agencies for integrating health care services with mental health care.  Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) grants help communities to prevent and reduce chronic diseases by promoting a “whole person” system of care.

SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions

The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) helps behavioral health organizations better serve people with mental health and substance use conditions. CIHS is the first “national home” for integrating behavioral health and primary care. CIHS’s wide array of training and technical assistance improves the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of integrated services.

Last Updated: 07/25/2013