The Center for Integrated Primary Care serves as a formal vehicle for responding to the growing interest nationally in the integration of behavioral health into primary care and the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). It creates a structure for developing opportunities and serves needs addressed by current and future UMass training programs in Primary Care Behavioral Health. It is also an umbrella of support for other integration efforts in other UMass Medical School departments as well as an expertise nexus for furthering integration throughout the UMass Memorial Healthcare System. It supports the development of linkages with external organizations to build a national network for workforce development for the future of primary care and the PCMH.
The establishment of the Center provides a foundation for us to:
1. develop, synthesize and disseminate skills and best practices for the integration of behavioral healthcare into primary care settings including seamless interface with specialty services with an emphasis on the Patient Centered Medical Home.
2. become a focal point for collaboration across the health system and medical school for integrated primary care.
3. develop partnerships with UMass primary care departments to offer expertise and resources in integrating more behavioral health services and clinicians into its clinical services, and so the unique expertise in behavioral health integration and linking with specialty services which each department develops can be showcased as part of national training programs.
4. develop methodologies for evaluation of the effectiveness of models of integrated primary care, and to be a national leader in providing program evaluation services in integrated primary care.
5. become a national leader in addressing the workforce needs in the transition to multi-disciplinary team based care.