Healthcare often seems like a stone wall - fragmented, cobbled together, immovable and less sturdy all at the same time. What we do at Primarycareshrink.com is help clinics and organizations bring together mental health and primary care using evidence based approaches.
How We Help
We provide everything from strategic guidance to on-site coaching to educational materials related to integrated care. And while we are dedicated to the PCBH model in particular we are also familiar with other models of integrated care like SBIRT and Collaborative Care.
We get a lot of diverse visitors to PCS so we provide a diverse array of offerings, many absolutely free. There is a blog and a Youtube podcast for BHCs. There is an e-book through the iTunes store. If you scroll down you will find a way to contact us for consultation - big or small. And stay tuned for more in 2017!
EDUCATIONAL MEDIA & CONSULTATION FOR INTEGRATED CARE
THE PCBH MODEL & PRIMARYCARESHRINK.COM
Ever since I discovered primary care and realized that it was "the" place to meet people's physical and mental health needs, I have been championing the Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) model to anyone who will listen. That is what this site is about - championing the role of Behavioral Health Consultants (BHCs) who support the work of primary care providers and their patients.
This site serves as a starting place for those interested in the PCBH model. It is a place to read a blog, connect to a video, get connected to others and if needed, seek consultation. My hope is that you feel inspired and activated as you peruse the site and absorb the passion that comes from providing access to behavioral healthcare to the millions who otherwise would not seek or be able to easily obtain that access.
WHAT IS PCBH?
The PCBH model is all about creating a new access point for behavioral healthcare in the US health system. It solves the problem of poor access and poor utilization of the mental health care system by essentially creating a "primary care" level of behavioral healthcare that is easy for patients to get to - as easy as seeing their primary care provider.
Think about it, the medical system has various levels of care (primary care, specialty care, inpatient care etc.) but mental health care only really has two (specialty care and inpatient care). PCBH fits nicely before those two as an easy first access point for the population. And even better, because it is integrated into primary care it provides one-stop shopping for patients who can see their primary care provider and BHC in the same visit. Of course it also helps that the model helps these two professionals collaborate seamlessly so that all care is 100% coordinated. That's PCBH in a nutshell. One warning: you've got to see it to really get it. It is not as easy as re-purposing a mental health specialist to a primary care clinic. We BHCs are a different breed and this model is quite different to work in. I hope this site gives you a flavor of what it means to be a BHC.
NEFTALI SERRANO, PSYD
lead consultant, Primarycareshrink.com
THE BHC BLOG
DR. NEFTALI SERRANO, PSYD
The BHC Blog is updated every other month on YouTube.
The Implementer's Guide To Primary Care Behavioral Health is an e-book written by the staff at Access Community Health Centers as a practical guide for program developer's interested in building integrated care programs using the PCBH model. Written in an easy-to-read narrative style the book provides real world application of time-tested principles for successful integration. All proceeds support the mission of Access Community Health Centers to provide quality, affordable healthcare to the underserved in Dane County, WI. The e-book is accessible via iTunes for iPhone, iPad or Macs.
The BHC Blog is updated every two weeks on the tumblr site.
Questions, queries, work requests are all welcome.
Want to learn more about the PCBH model and the world of integrated care? Here are the most valuable links we know related to the topic. Let us know if you think there are others we have missed using the contact form above.
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