[PC-BH-Integration] Training in a supported environment
Mary R. Talen
mary.talen at gmail.com
Mon Apr 2 21:41:28 EDT 2012
Training is an important foundation but training BH providers and putting them into healthcare settings with providers who have little knowledge or experience of collaborative care presents a significant obstacle. Training is not just about training the minority BH workforce but training the other primary care members of the team. We need to embed BH providers into systems of care that understand the role and responsibilities of BH providers to help create a more fully integrated service. I am concerned that BH providers can have an office space in primary care but still practice as a silo referral service and have little impact on the everyday clinical healthcare services.
Do we have follow up data from BH providers who have been trained and their experience in within primary care settings? How have they established their role within primary care outside of referral and consultation modes? For example, how are they involved in team-based care or quality improvement initiatives?
Mary R. Talen, Ph.D.
Director, Primary Care Behavioral Health
Northwestern University Family Medicine Residency
Erie Family Health Center
2750 West North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
708 334 2233 (cell)
mtalen at eriefamilyhealth.org
On Apr 1, 2012, at 6:21 PM, Johanna Ferman wrote:
> I could not agree more about training. You see a magnification of skills transfer in environments that envision and train ALL staff as well as patients and families in the integration philosophy, its clinical process and delivery and the administrative support to make it sustainable. While the training is of course modified to the audience, this kind of across the board preparation and reinforcement is central to achieving integration and assuring the quality.
> Together with this, I would add that the shift in information processing and problem solving -- moving from solo to team work, and from siloed to integrated information -- these two components, training and the approach to handling information -- create a real synergy in catalyzing integration.
> Johanna Ferman, M.D.
> Integrus Health Group
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