Center of Excellence for Integrated Care

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The Center of Excellence for Integrated Care assists health systems in integrating physical and behavioral healthcare services.

Too often, services for physical and behavioral health are poorly coordinated, leading to a lack of appropriate care for those suffering from mental illness and substance abuse. This lack of collaboration means primary care providers often must try to address unmet behavioral health needs with insufficient specialty back-up and information. In order to improve the way those with behavioral health disorders receive treatment, healthcare systems across the country have started to emphasize whole-person care by developing and implementing integrated care models. These models have not only proven to improve health outcomes and quality of life, but can also help increase access to care and reduce overall costs.

Development of COE

Due to the growing scarcity of mental healthcare delivery in North Carolina, a demonstration project called the ICARE Partnership was developed in 2006 with the purpose of educating providers across the state about integrated care. From this project evolved the Center of Excellence for Integrated Care (COE); a program of the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation that assists health systems in integrating their physical and behavioral healthcare.

COE Today

Using evidence based approaches customized to fit local needs, COE serves as a resource for assessment, training, and technical assistance to a variety of organizations. Currently they work with over 30 sites and programs such as primary care offices, clinics and hospitals, community collaboratives, school-based health centers, and local government organizations.

For more information about The Center of Excellence for Integrated Care, please visit their website.

For a summary of the Integration Policy Summit we co-hosted last October, click here.