Get it Together: How to Integrate Physical and Mental Health Care for People with Serious Mental Disorders
Get it Together examines model programs for improving integration and coordination of behavioral health and primary health services for adults and children with serious mental disorders who rely on the public mental health system for their care. It summarizes findings of a series of studies and offers recommendations for policymakers.
There is an extensive body of literature and demonstration projects to improve integration of mental health in primary care for individuals with mild to moderate mental disorders. The Bazelon Center’s study fills a gap by focusing primarily on integration of care for people with serious mental illnesses.
The problems stemming from a fragmented health care system are particularly acute for this population. In a recovery-oriented mental health system, physical health care is as central to an individual’s service plan as housing, job training or education. (Authors)
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