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Integrating Behavioral Health Care in a Primary Care Practice

Nurse Talking with Senior Patient Medical Worker

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET.

According to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), 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. Primary care settings are a gateway to the behavioral health system, and primary care providers increasingly need support and resources to screen and treat individuals with behavioral and general healthcare needs.  The solution lies in integrated care. 

Kristen Palcisco, CNP from MetroHealth, a Level 3-NCQA-recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home in Cleveland, will present on her experiences in integrating behavioral healthcare into a primary care setting. Her practice worked to implement depression screening throughout primary care, while a behavioral health model was being integrated.  Ms. Palcisco will share the hesitation that primary care providers had when this model was being developed, and how her organization has overcome those challenges over the last several years.

This webinar is part of a series of quarterly patient engagement webinars hosted by the OPCPCC Center for Provider and Patient Engagement. The webinar will begin with a half-hour presentation at 12:15 PM and will conclude with a 15-minute Q&A session. 

Participation is limited to the first 150 who register. Register now! Questions may be directed to or 614.644.9756.

Download the slides. Download the web recording transcript.


This webinar is recommended for primary care clinicians, practice managers, and all staff that has patient contact.  By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the reasons for integrating behavioral health into primary care.
  2. Identify steps to overcome barriers to implementing depression screening in a primary care setting.
  3. Understand one method of integrating behavioral health into primary care.