The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation.
Comorbid medical and behavioral health issues are a significant burden driving poor outcomes and high costs. Patients with behavioral health issues are better able to manage their chronic medical condition when their behavioral health issues are treated. Provider organizations realize to achieve the Triple Aim without an integrated behavioral health strategy is virtually impossible. Although there are many challenges to integration, several models are emerging and are demonstrating success.
IHI 90-Day R&D Project Fianl Summary Report: Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care. Cambridge, MA: Institute for Healthcare Improvement; March 2014. IHI 90 Day R&D
Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. or 18.5% experiences mental illness in a given year National Alliance on Mental Illness 2018
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