- Expanding access to behavioral health services for patients of primary care centers.
- Improving the effectiveness of primary care.
- Building capacity to provide patient-centered, whole person care.
The Philadelphia Integrated Care Network (PICN) integrates primary and behavioral healthcare together as a way to reduce traditional barriers in obtaining behavioral health services, such as cost, wait times and stigma — especially for low income and minority groups. The PICN uses the Primary Care Behavioral Health model to embed a licensed behavioral health specialist into primary care practice. Physical health professionals work closely with behavioral health professionals to expand access and integrate whole-person care.
Behavioral health consultation services are built on a foundation of recovery principles including:
- Patient Engagement
- Use of Evidence-Based Interventions
- Service Integration
HFP provides a variety of support services to PICN members who want to implement integrated care, including:
- Training for behavioral health consultants
- Technical assistance for health centers to facilitate replication of and fidelity to the model
- Oversee a community of practice to ensure ongoing skill building and peer support
- Advocate to secure regulatory and payment policies to support sustainability