Integrated Behavioral Health

 

What is Integrated behavioral health?

With integrated behavioral health, AMCHC offers assistance when stress, behaviors, worry, emotional concerns about physical or other life problems are interfering with a person’s daily life and/or overall health. The behavioral health consultant (BHC) works with your primary care provider (PCP) to evaluate the mind-body-behavior connection and provide brief, solution-focused interventions.

 What Kind of Health Concerns Do You See?

Chronic Medical Conditions such as headaches, sleep problems, high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, obesity, chronic pain. 

Emotional or Behavioral Issues such as depression, anxiety, addictive behaviors, traumatic stress, bereavement. 

Common behavior change plans for things like smoking cessation, weight loss, alcohol/drug use, exercise, and lifestyle modifications.

Who is Eligible to Receive These Services?

The service is available to all patients of Appalachian Mountain Community Health Centers. There may be a copay for individuals with private insurance and Medicare. 

What Should I Expect When I See the BHC?

You can expect the BHC to ask you specific questions about your physical symptoms, the emotional concerns you are experiencing, your behaviors, and how all of these might be related. You can expect your appointment to last approximately 15-30 minutes. You can expect to be seen in the clinic and for the BHC to have a close working relationship with your PCP. Remember, you and your PCP remain in charge of your health care; the primary job of the BHC is to help you and your PCP develop and implement the best integrated health care plan for YOU! 

How is the Service Different from Mental Health Services?

The services provided by the BHC are simply another part of your overall health care and are not specialty mental health care. Documentation of your appointment and recommendations from the BHC will be written in your medical record which is shared by your PCP. The BHC does not provide traditional psychotherapy. If you request, or the BHC thinks you would benefit from specialty behavioral health services, the BHC will support you and your PCP with getting linked to those services. 

How Do I Schedule a Behavioral Health Consultation Appointment?

Discuss with your PCP the desire to access this service. If you and your provider agree that this service would be helpful you can be scheduled for BHC appointment either over the phone or during your office visit.