Combining Physical, Mental Health Care Pays Off

Care managers have gotten results by making sure points of care connect and even in bringing services into patients’ homes.

Untreated mental health conditions adversely affect patients’ physical health. To address that situation, Integral Care in Austin offers some patients with mental health problems easier access to physical care and chronic disease management. Public health centers such as Integral Care are taking the lead, Kaiser Health News (KHN) reports.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality says that 1 in 8 admissions to emergency departments are related to a mental health or substance abuse problem. “Over the past decade, the federal government has bet on integrated care to help relieve the problem,” KHN reports. “From 2009 to 2015, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded 187 grants worth over $162 million to implement integrated care models.”