About Primary Care Behavioral Health at CHCW

The practice of primary care behavioral health model differs significantly from specialty mental health, in large part due to the difference in the nature of the relationship between the patient and the behavioral health consultant.

1 in 5 U.S. Adults Experience Mental Illness

These issues can include depression, anxiety, diabetes management, weight loss, smoking cessation, and drinking or drug use problems. This has led a growing number of healthcare providers to offer integrated behavioral health and primary care to their patients. You are not alone!

The Importance of Integrated Behavioral Health

Integrated care involves full collaboration with your Primary Care Physician (PCP). In this model, behavioral health consultants (BHC’s) and providers jointly plan and execute goals, develop integrated care plans, co-manage patients, and maintain shared schedules.

Integrated practices use a systematic clinical approach to identify patients who are in need of behavioral health services and engage both providers and patients in shared-decision making.

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Our Goals

The main goal of most of the integrated care programs is to improve communication between behavioral health and primary care providers and thereby improve care coordination. We aim to:

  • Increase availability of behavioral health services within the medical model
  • Provide support to the PCP in addressing patients’ behavioral health needs
  • Mitigate negative impacts on physical health
  • Improve patient clinical outcomes and increase overall satisfaction with care through the integrated care model.

How Can I Start?

One of our Behavioral Health Consultants, Dr. David Bauman, PsyD, explains how a patient can access our Integrated Behavioral Health Services, and how it benefits you as a patient.

Meet Our Behavioral Health Consultants

We’re proud of our team of dedicated professionals, and feel that they make a significant contribution to the welfare of our patients. Our team of BHCs use behavioral science to help our patients develop a plan to improve their overall health as well as to support them in living a meaningful life!

Recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home

We have been awarded the PCMH Certificaiton

The Patient Centered Medical Home is a model of care that puts patients at the forefront of care. It builds better relationships between people and their clinical care teams. Research shows they improve quality, the patient experience and staff satisfaction, while reducing health care cost.