Joint principles: Integrating behavioral health care into the patient-centered medical home
Center for Integrated Primary Care
Humans; Mental Health; Patient-Centered Care; Primary Health Care; United States
Behavioral Medicine | Health Psychology | Health Services Administration | Integrative Medicine | Mental and Social Health | Primary Care | Psychiatry and Psychology
The Patient-centered Medical Home (PCMH) is an innovative, improved, and evolving approach to providing primary care that has gained broad acceptance in the United States. The Joint Principles of the PCMH, formulated and endorsed in February 2007, are sound and describe the ideal toward which we aspire. However, there is an element running implicitly through these joint principles that is difficult to achieve yet indispensable to the success of the entire PCMH concept. The incorporation of behavioral health care has not always been included as practices transform to accommodate to the PCMH ideals. This is an alarming development because the PCMH will be incomplete and ineffective without the full incorporation of this element, and retrofitting will be much more difficult than prospectively integrating into the original design of the PCMH. Therefore we offer a complementary set of joint principles that recognizes the centrality of behavioral health care as part of the PCMH. This document follows the order and language of the original joint principles while emphasizing what needs to be addressed to insure incorporation of the essential behavioral elements. It is intended to supplement and not replace the original Joint Principles document, which still stands.
Patient-centered Medical Home, integrated care
DOI of Published Version
Fam Syst Health. 2014 Jun;32(2):154-6. doi: 10.1037/h0099809. Link to article on publisher's site
Families, systems and health: the journal of collaborative family healthcare
Baird, M.; Blount, Alexander; and Working Party Group on Integrated Behavioral Healthcare, "Joint principles: Integrating behavioral health care into the patient-centered medical home" (2014). Center for Integrated Primary Care Publications. 102.