Integrated Care

Hospitals and Accountable Care Organizations

Integrated care is “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.” SAMHSA*

Evidence shows that integrating primary care and behavioral health services can improve patients’ physical and mental health outcomes while also helping to control costs.

Direct coordination between primary care providers and behavioral health care providers like River City Comprehensive Counseling Services has been shown to:

– Reduce emergency room utilization

– Reduce inpatient admissions

– Improve physical and behavioral health outcomes for patients

– Ensure that patients attend follow up appointments

– Connect patients with community resources to prevent future “super-user” activity

– Reduce overall costs of patient care

*quote courtesy of SAMHSA