Essential Elements of Effective Integrated Primary Care and Behavioral Health Teams
SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions
Michael R. Lardieri, LCSW, Vice President, Health Information Technology and Strategic Development, National Council for Behavioral Health
Gina B. Lasky, PhD, Collaborative Care Consulting
Lori Raney, MD, Collaborative Care Consulting
This review is an initial exploration of team development within effective integrated primary and behavioral healthcare teams. Six integrated teams in safety net primary care settings were interviewed on the development of the clinical team. The study identifies four essential elements for effective integrated behavioral health and primary care teams and provides a roadmap for organizations designing their own teams, using examples from these best practices.