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Issue Brief: Integrating Primary Medical and Behavioral Health Care

Kansas providers find innovative approaches to cost-effective care

By Kari M. Bruffett, Linda J. Sheppard, J.D., Cheng-Chung Huang, M.P.H. | May 15, 2017

Issue Brief: Integrating Primary Medical and Behavioral Health Care

READ IT HERE: Issue Brief: Integrating Primary Medical and Behavioral Health Care

In 2013, the Sunflower Foundation provided grants to Kansas safety net providers seeking to integrate traditional primary care with behavioral health care, which includes mental health and substance use disorder services. The Sunflower Foundation contracted with the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) to study the grantees’ successes and challenges of providing integrated care to patients. The resulting issue brief, Integrating Primary Medical and Behavioral Health Care, identifies barriers to successful care integration, including reimbursement, licensing, data and workforce issues, as well as potential solutions to these barriers.

Funding for this project was provided by the Sunflower Foundation: Health Care for Kansans, a Topeka-based philanthropic organization with a mission to serve as a catalyst for improving the health of Kansans.

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The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) delivers objective information, conducts credible research, and supports civic dialogue enabling policy leaders to make informed health policy decisions that enhance their effectiveness as champions for a healthier Kansas. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Topeka.