HEALTHCARE PARTNERS AROUND THE TABLE


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Role of the Behavorial Health Specialist:

  • Assist primary health care providers in recognizing and treating mental disorders and psychosocial problems.
  • Assist in preventing relapse or morbidity in conditions that tend to recur over time.
  • Evaluate patient care plans with primary care team.
  • Teach patients, families and staff about care, prevention and treatment enhancement techniques.

How to Partner with the Behavorial Health Specialist:

  • Convene healthcare teams including PCP/staff and Behavioral Health Specialist to promote improved communication resulting in team-based, patient-centered care
  • Advocate for improved awareness and coverage of mental health /behavioral disorders
  • Share resources for patient tracking (i.e. hypertension and/or diabetes)
  • Share information regarding community resources for patients with mental health/behavioral disorders