Welcome to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) meeting on bidirectional integration of primary and behavioral health care: “State of the Art: Research, Models, Promising Practices and Sustaining Integrated Care”.

Over the years, models of integrated behavioral health and primary care have evolved. HHS recognizes the importance of addressing the integration of behavioral health and primary care, including person-centered care for adults living with mental illness – particularly serious mental illness, children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance, and individuals with substance use disorders. Evidence-based integrated treatment and effective care coordination are key components for improving the health of people with multiple chronic conditions.  

Along with host agencies, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), key partners and presenters include: the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), Indian Health Service (IHS), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and No Health Without Mental Health (NHMH).

The event will highlight models of integrated care, key findings from the research community, examples of diverse grantee practices regarding service delivery, presentations by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agencies, and a wide range of resources to support efforts to build integrated systems of care.

This virtual meeting will take place on June 22 and 23, 2017.  This event is open to the public and to any interested organizations. Please visit the registration page for agenda and speaker biographies and to register for this unique event.