Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary HIV Care — Covering the Bases

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Mental health and substance use disorders are highly prevalent among people with and at risk for HIV. This tool was designed to assist HIV primary care teams in a range of clinical settings to plan and carry out enhanced integration of mental health and substance use services, referred to as behavioral health (BH). Just as there is a well-known HIV care continuum, there is a BH continuum which consists of screening and diagnosis, referral and linkage, and treatment. This tool will guide you to create workflows and other processes in which responsibility for the key continuum steps is delineated. Resources for how to implement these steps are provided in the last section of the tool and include considerations for both BH specialty services for people with BH disorders as well as community-based and informal services that support people with sub-threshold BH disorder signs and symptoms.

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