Association for Community Affiliated Plans. (2016, April). Integrating physical and behavioral health care: An initiative planning toolkit for health plans. Author.

Year: 2016


This toolkit was developed by the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP). ACAP convened a collaborative of ACAP-member health plans to focus on improving integration of behavioral and physical health services. This toolkit reflects project planning process, lists the resources provided to collaborative plans, and summarizes a subset of ACAP-member health plan projects, whether already fielded or in development. This toolkit focuses on the integration of physical and mental health care in order to improve health outcomes, lower costs, and improve patients’ experiences with the health care system. It suggests 5 steps for integration: 1) define the problem and population; 2) engage stakeholders; 3) develop an integration model; 4) measure integration efforts; and 5) determine payment strategies.

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