APA endorses principles encouraging physicians to incorporate behavioral health care into their practices

The principles focus on the patient-centered medical home model of health care delivery and highlight the integration of behavioral and physical health care.

APA is one of a growing number of organizations to have endorsed “Joint Principles: Integrating Behavioral Health Care Into the Patient-Centered Medical Home,” recently released by six national family medicine organizations calling on all primary care physicians to incorporate behavioral health care into their practices to ensure patients get the benefits of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model. PCMHs provide team-based health care, which allows for greater access to care, improved health as well as more satisfied patients, families and providers. 

“The opportunity for APA to be a co-signer of the joint principles highlights the fact that we are now ‘at the table’ when it comes to implementing and advancing the PCMH movement; that we are valued by our colleagues in other health professions; and that we can benefit from our mutual collaborations and integrated treatments of patients and their loved ones,” said APA President Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD.

Integrating behavioral with physical health care assures attention to the whole person and that biological, psychological and social factors are taken into account in understanding and effectively treating a broad array of health conditions.