A Tale of Two Systems: A look at State Efforts to Integrate Primary Care and Behavioral Health in Safety Net Settings

Integrated behavioral health and primary care occurs when behavioral health specialty and general medical care providers work collaboratively to address patients’ physical and behavioral health needs. Federal community health centers are uniquely positioned to partner with the community mental health system to deliver integrated care, and to address behavioral health issues as part of a comprehensive medical home. This report focuses on how Tennessee and Missouri – two states that NASHP works with under our National Cooperative Agreement with the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Primary Health Care (HRSA/BPHC) – have approached integration and provides lessons for states seeking to integrate health care delivery systems.

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