The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions, whether seen in specialty behavioral health or primary care provider settings. CIHS is the first “national home” for information, experts, and other resources dedicated to bidirectional integration of behavioral health and primary care.
CIHS is funded jointly by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and run by the National Council for Behavioral Health. CIHS provides training and technical assistance to community behavioral health organizations that received Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) grants as well as to community health centers and other primary care and behavioral health organizations. The PBHCI Grant program is part of an unprecedented push by Congress and the Health and Human Services Administration to help prevent and reduce chronic disease and promote wellness by treating behavioral health needs on an equal footing with other health conditions.
CIHS’ array of training and technical assistance helps improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of integrated services, which ultimately improves the whole health and wellness of individuals living with behavioral health disorders.