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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 that are aggravated by poor health habits such as inadequate physical activity, poor nutrition, smoking, and substance abuse. Barriers to primary care — coupled with challenges in navigating complex healthcare systems — have been a major obstacle to care.
At the same time, primary care settings have become the gateway to the behavioral health system, and primary care providers need support and resources to screen and treat individuals with behavioral and general healthcare needs.
The solution lies in integrated care, 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.
Whether services are organized via traditional models within primary care settings, behavioral health settings, or as Health Homes, Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) gathers current developments, research, models, and other important resources to ensure the success of healthcare’s future: integration.
St John Fisher College Integrated Health
This website contains information and resources for two St. John Fisher College grant programs. One is a Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) grant secured to promote Integrated Health Care utilizing Nursing students and Mental Health Counseling students. The other grant is a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant secured to train St. John Fisher Pharmacy, Nursing, and Mental Health Counseling students in SBIRT practices.
Integrated health care, often referred to as interprofessional health care, is an approach characterized by a high degree of collaboration and communication among health professionals.
SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders.