Providing Efficient, Whole-Person Care: Integrated Primary Care Consulting Psychiatry Toolkit

Access Community Health Centers and UW Department of Family Medicine clinicians and researches have teamed up to create the Integrated Primary Care Consulting Psychiatry Toolkit to improve mental health care within the primary care system.

Increased access to psychological services including consulting psychiatry allows for potentially better management of patients receiving psychiatric care within the primary care system through a number of mechanisms. It provides more convenient access for patients in an environment that they find familiar and acceptable. It also supports and encourages a collaborative effort between psychiatrists, behavioral health consultants, and primary care clinicians to provide efficient, whole-person care.

What does the toolkit contain?

The Integrated Primary Care Consulting Psychiatry Toolkit includes a detailed flow diagram showing how the primary care clinicians, behavioral health consultants, and consulting psychiatrist work together and the key elements of communication during interactions between these entities.

Who should use the toolkit?

This toolkit is intended for clinic directors, managers, primary care clinicians, behavioral health consultants, and psychiatrists, and provides a framework for a team approach to addressing patients’ behavioral and mental health needs.

For more details and to download this toolkit, please visit:

http://www.hipxchange.org/Access


This toolkit was developed by Elizabeth Zeidler Schreiter, PsyD, Nancy Pandhi, MD PhD, and Meghan Fondow, PhD (all affiliated with Access Community Health Centers and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Family Medicine) and Lauren Fahey (affiliated with the Health Innovation Program and the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work).

Additional support was provided by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s Health Innovation Program (HIP), and the Community-Academic Partnerships core of the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (UW ICTR), grant UL1 TR000427 from the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Institutes of Health.