Behavioral Health Integration Program

The Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) Program helps people get effective and efficient care for mental and behavioral health problems through primary care providers. Started in 2010, the program provides training and materials to primary care offices throughout the MaineHealth system, including Maine Behavioral Healthcare.

Program Description

The aim of Behavioral Health Integration is to improve healthcare connections for patients between mental/behavioral and medical care.  To assist Primary Care and Specialty Medical Practices in screening for, diagnosing, and managing patients and families with behavioral health issues, conditions, and disorders, BHI facilitates a standardized and supportive, team-based approach: Providers and office staff collaborate with care managers and behavioral health clinicians to implement individualized strategies for patients and their families.

  • Patients will receive comprehensive healthcare in their medical care settings, which will include attention to both physical and emotional health. Care will be offered by an integrated team consisting of a medical care provider, clinical staff, a care manager and on-site behavioral health clinician(s).
  • Patients will receive services in the most appropriate setting possible, determined by patient preference and clinical need. The integrated care team will link patients to specialty behavioral health services in the community. Communication and coordination between medical and behavioral healthcare will lead to high-quality care.
  • The healthcare payment system will make integrated mental health services sustainable. Rules about how insurance companies and others pay for healthcare will be changed to remove current barriers to working together. This will include payment for care coordination.

Guideline Principles & Indicators

Our Guiding Principles include:

  • Patients will receive comprehensive healthcare in their medical care settings, which will include attention to both physical and emotional health. Care will be offered by an integrated team consisting of a medical care provider, clinical staff, a care manager and on-site behavioral health clinician(s).
  • Patients will receive services in the most appropriate setting possible, determined by patient preference and clinical need. The integrated care team will link patients to specialty behavioral health services in the community. Communication and coordination between medical and behavioral healthcare will lead to high-quality care.
  • The healthcare payment system will make integrated mental health services sustainable. Rules about how insurance companies and others pay for healthcare will be changed to remove current barriers to working together. This will include payment for care coordination.

How Behavioral Health Integration works in Primary Care Practices

Behavioral Health Integration staffs and supervises behavioral/mental health clinicians in Primary Care Practices and Specialty Medical Care settings, in order to provide brief behavioral/mental health treatment for those practices’ patients.  Behavioral Health Clinicians facilitate patient access to higher levels of psychological/psychiatric care and/or social services as appropriate.

Our Team Members

The Team

Mary Jean Mork, LCSW
Vice President of Integrated Programming
morkm@mmc.org

Stacey Ouellette, LCSW
Director of Behavioral Health Integration
souellette@MaineBehavioralHealthcare.org

Alan Bean Burpee
Director of Case Management
abean@mainebehavioralhealthcare.org

Kim Freedman, LCSW
Clinical Program Manager
KFreedman@mmc.org

Amy Roberts, LCSW
Clinical Program Manager
robera@mmc.org

Celeste Green
Program Coordinator
greenc3@mainehealth.org

Questions about Primary Care Integration?

If you would like to learn more about this program, please send us an email.

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