DAYSIDE: Integrated Care

Updated: Wednesday, July 16 2014, 01:07 PM CDT
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Chandra Ryan, Director of Clinical Services, Escambia Community Clinics.

The coordination of Behavioral and Physical Healthcare is what proves most effective in treating people, and in this effort, Lakeview is being proactive in integrating the two.

This has been done very successfully with adults since 2010, and we are now offering pediatric services here at Lakeview Center's Children's Services Center.  The arrangement provides a more integrated, holistic approach to children with behavioral health issues. 

Here is some background info on the topic, which is from the National Council of Behavioral Health/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:

What is integrated care?
People with mental and substance abuse disorders may die decades earlier than the average person  mostly from untreated and preventable chronic illnesses like hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease that are aggravated by poor health habits such as inadequate physical activity, poor nutrition, smoking, and substance abuse. Barriers to primary care  coupled with challenges in navigating complex healthcare systems  have been a major obstacle to care.

At the same time, primary care settings have become the gateway to the behavioral health system, and primary care providers need support and resources to screen and treat individuals with behavioral and general healthcare needs.

The solution lies in integrated care, the systematic coordination of general and behavioral healthcare. Integrating mental health, substance abuse, and primary care services produces the best outcomes and proves the most effective approach to caring for people with multiple healthcare needs.

DAYSIDE: Integrated Care
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