PCDC's Impact: Behavioral Health

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The integration of primary care and behavioral health services is increasingly recognized as a critical component of whole-person care and improved health outcomes. Seamless referrals between primary care and behavioral health providers allow patients to quickly and easily access the physical and mental care they need through an established, trusting patient-provider relationship.

PCDC is prioritizing projects that advance behavioral health integration and services. Recent financings include fully integrated centers and substance use and recovery clinics. Our capacity building team empowers providers to improve care delivery by incorporating behavioral health strategies into existing services.

Before and After Financing: A Rural Health Center Thrives

Categories: Client Spotlight, Investment
In Connecticut, drug and opioid overdoses have surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of accidental deaths. The epidemic is largely centered in the rural region served by Community Health and Wellness Center of Greater Torrington (CHWC). “The opioid crisis is far-reaching and has no boundaries,” says Joanne Borduas, CEO of CHWC. “It affects all ages, …

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Making a 30-Minute Brief Intervention a Reality

Categories: Capacity Building, PCDC News
Can a 30-minute visit make a difference in integrated behavioral health and primary care? Without question, says PCDC’s Andrew Philip, who recently demonstrated how at the National Council for Behavioral Health Conference. [Register for PCDC’s free Primary Care Summit: ‘Closing the Behavioral Health Integration Gap.’] In a live mock interaction, a fictional patient named “Mary” …

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Bolstering Substance Use Services in Rural New York State

Categories: Client Spotlight, Investment
A new $3.3 million project will bring much-needed substance use services to New York State’s rural North Country, following accelerated bridge financing from the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). The financing allows St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation Center, Inc. to co-locate three important programs …

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Project Renewal: Serving the Homeless

Categories: Capacity Building, Client Spotlight
New York City has over 60,000 homeless residents — most of whom are unable to access critical services, including health care. Homeless individuals’ first interaction with the health system is usually in the emergency room, often due to minor conditions that have deteriorated through lack of treatment. PCDC’s partnership with Project Renewal is helping offset …

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Staff Spotlight: Integrating Behavioral Health

Categories: Capacity Building
The benefits of integrated behavioral health are many — improved health, enhanced patient and provider experience, reduced costs — but implementation can be daunting for primary care providers. Among those best able to assist is Andrew Philip, Ph.D., LP. A clinical health psychologist and PCDC’s new Senior Director of Population Health, Dr. Philip brings extensive national experience …

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