Mental and physical health are fundamentally linked. Dr. Brock Chisholm, the first director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), famously stated that “without mental health there can be no true physical health.”
People with co-occurring physical and mental conditions represent a significant portion of the population, and it can be a challenge to find comprehensive and cost-effective care. It is well established that many determinants of physical health are psychological and social in nature. Like Chisholm pointed out, we must treat all of these components to achieve true health and well-being.
Facilities that adopt an integrated care model, such as HopeHealth, understand that treating the whole person – both the person’s physical and behavioral health – is essential to improving quality of care and saving lives. Nationwide, medical centers are moving to such integrated care models. To illustrate, HopeHealth has expanded its behavioral health department to include a range of services that complement patients’ medical care. Behaviorists work in primary care alongside the medical providers and provide a range of services, such as primary care consultation, screenings for mental and behavioral health problems, brief interventions during medical visits and follow-up appointments in their offices.
Our behavioral health team provides outpatient mental health treatment, psychiatric care, counseling for substance-use disorders and medication-assisted treatment for…
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