Following the pandemic’s great awakening for mental health, the benefits of integrating behavioral health into your standard of care are more apparent than ever. Though health leaders understand the importance of mental health care, going from limited, isolated behavioral health services to complete integration can feel daunting. Fortunately, this process does not have to happen overnight.
In fact, healthcare administrators often find success in starting small and slowly building on their integrated behavioral health goals. This ensures a methodical, and scalable, approach that can sustain a fully functional integrated program.
Curious where your organization stands on the path to integrated behavioral health? Take our brief assessment for an in-depth report card, including areas of opportunity specific to your organization. The right integrated behavioral health program supports top of license care and your bottom line. With a successful approach to Behavioral Health Integration, you can:
- Utilize insights between appointments. More accurate and up-to-date data means you can detect changes in your patients before a crisis occurs, leading to better outcomes and more efficient, less costly interventions.
- Increase access to care and reduce wait times. Improve the patient experience by connecting individuals to the appropriate level of care right when they need it. This helps reserve higher risk patients for top-of-license specialists, while mitigating provider burnout with BH support built into their existing workflows.
- Create a care system that is scalable, sustainable and supported. Advanced technology means you don’t have to spend copious amounts of money establishing an integrated program and hope you see results. Technology not only speeds the process for launching a collaborative program for your staff, but also keeps it extremely cost effective and accessible throughout.
While your organization may have aggressive integrated behavioral health goals, starting with small steps will go a long way. With a vetted behavioral health partner, your organization can get the support it needs to see real results over the short and long term – wherever you are in your journey.
Regardless of where your organization falls on the spectrum of integrated care, our technology and team of experts is here to help. We know the importance of making sure no patient slips through the cracks while also making costs manageable for the healthcare leaders we work alongside.
Not sure where to start? First, you’ll need to figure out where your organization currently sits in its readiness for integrated behavioral health. Our team recently created a readiness assessment to help you determine where your system stands in terms of financial sustainability, organizational alignment, processes and procedures, and staffing.