Integrating behavioral health into primary care in Oklahoma
Oklahoma faces a serious behavioral health workforce shortage. Integrated care promises to maximize the behavioral health workforce, while capitalizing on Oklahoma’s abundant supply of primary care doctors. Improving the ability to detect and treat mental health conditions in primary care settings ensures more individuals get the help they need when they need it, preventing future mental health crises that cost Oklahomans’ lives and livelihoods.
This report provides a comprehensive overview of integrated care: its necessity in Oklahoma, popular models around the country, the evidence supporting its success, and policy and system enhancement opportunities that could support its dissemination and adoption.