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Behavioral Health Integration

Contact Info:

Denise Sulzbach
Director, Policy and Strategic Development
dsulzbach@ssw.umaryland.edu or 410-706-3364

Behavioral health integration can refer to two types of integration: integration of mental health and substance abuse services or integration of behavioral health with primary/somatic health care.

The former is being seen in many states and counties in the merger of funding and agencies, as well as at the federal level with SAMHSA's joint Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant and the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant planning instructions (http://www.samhsa.gov/grants/blockgrant/). Integration of behavioral and physical health as encouraged by Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148, "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act") can be seen through several initiatives, including under Section 2703, which allows states to submit State Plan Amendments to establish Health Homes.

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