Better care, better health outcomes▶︎
No more delays. No more unmet needs. No more gaps.
Transforming the system isn’t simple. And it won’t happen overnight. But, through a coordinated effort, including policy, practice, and our communities, we can uncomplicate the system.
Explore the key drivers and evidence for integrating behavioral health.
Patients with behavioral health conditions can cost 3x as much as patients without. Depression alone has been linked to 50-100% higher direct and indirect costs. Integrating behavioral health can decrease overall medical costs in a variety of ways, including unnecessary emergency room visits, and fewer patient sick days. Overall, by integrating physical and behavioral health services, we can save an estimated $26-48 billion dollars annually.
Improved Health OutcomesWhen health care providers practice in their silos, they focus on specific physical or behavioral health symptoms, which often results in poorer whole health outcomes. What’s more, financial and stigma barriers often prevent patients from getting the care they need. When behavioral health providers are part of the medical team, we reduce financial barriers, decrease mental health stigma, and improve patient health outcomes.
Greater Access to CareAlthough most patients access behavioral health services outside of traditional mental health care settings, the most people still do not have access to the care they need. For example, while 70-80% of children obtain behavioral health services at school, nearly 80% with mental health needs don’t receive treatment. When we integrate behavioral health providers into hospitals and practices, patients no longer have to visit different offices for different systems of care. Instead, they receive whole person care at one appointment.