Contributing members of the AETC Mental Health Committee include: Jenna Kah Bardwell, Marla Corwin, Francine Cournos, Linda Rose Frank, Melissa Grove, Lawrence McGlynn, Karen McKinnon, Phil Meyer, John Nelson, Michael Noss, Sanjay Sharma, and Debbie Cestaro-Seifer.
A training exchange was held on June 2, 2015 to introduce these tools. The recording from the training exchange can be viewed here.
- Mental Health/Substance Use Care: Clinic/Health Center Readiness Assessment
Start here to determine where your organization stands in key areas. Includes suggested use algorithms for clinics and AETC trainers.
- Resources for Integration of Mental Health/Substance Use Care with HIV Primary Care
Helpful tools for programs seeking to establish integrated mental health, substance use, and HIV treatment services. Organized to reflect the categories used in the readiness assessment tool.
- Identifying Potential Challenges and Opportunities Form
Dig even deeper into what your implementation challenges may be, and identify possible solutions.
- Resources to Address Common Barriers to Comprehensive Mental Health Care Services
Some suggested tools and resources for clinics confronting common barriers.
See also the AETC NCRC Resource Library Mental Health Topic Page
Successful integrated healthcare relies primarily on the teamwork of three professionals: primary care clinicians, behavioral health clinicians, and care managers/coordinators. In order to address both the physical and mental health needs of patients, this team must work collaboratively with patients to address, problem-solve and implement effective solutions to improve health outcomes and satisfaction. This holistic care approach is best performed when the care team communicates well, works to maximize individuals' strengths and styles, and negotiates leadership roles over time to best target various elements of a care plan. In this brief video from AHRQ, Dr. Frank DeGruy, MD, MSFM discusses communicaiton and the team-based approach and the AHRQ's learning portal for integrated care.