Making the Case for Behavioral Health Integration
Authors: Andrea Pederson, Laura Tabellion, and Cheryl Holt
Too often, our physical and behavioral healthcare providers operate in silos, resulting in insufficient care coordination and more costly care for patients. State and federal policy makers, as well as leading provider organizations and commercial payers, are increasingly taking note of the need to minimize the chasm between the physical and behavioral health systems to holistically treat the mind and body.
This brief is the first of a three-part series dedicated to state Medicaid policy options and implementation considerations related to physical and behavioral health integration.