The Integration of Mental Health Care into Primary Care and Specialty Health Care

Integration has arrived - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses must be ready to plan and implement the integration of mental health care into primary and specialty healthcare and participate in these settings!
An Introduction
Why does the integration of mental health care into primary and specialty health care matter? Find out why by reading an introduction and FAQs prepared by the APNA Board of Directors. Then, learn more by watching the Institute for Mental Health Advocacy's video on the policy implications of integrated care.
General Resources
A listing of websites that offer extensive content related to integrated physical and mental health care, such as:
  • HRSA
  • University of Washington AIMS Center

Guides, Reports, and Tools
A variety of resources specifically for implementing an integrated care model, such as:
  • Various models of integrated care
  • Forms and patient tracking tools
  • Roadmaps and operational advice

Webinar presentations providing introductions to integrated care and information on related topics such as:

  • How to finance integrated health care
  • Person-centered health homes
  • Addressing substance use issues in primary care


Best Practice Approaches & Initiatives
Learn more about the various approaches to integrated care and initiatives that have been implemented throughout the country.



APNA Continuing Education
Presentations from past APNA Conferences in webinar and podcast form regarding the integration of physical and mental health care. Earn continuing education contact hours.

Select references found via a literature search of Medline, CINAHL, Health Business Elite, and PsycInfo on integrated care. Note: this information is bibliographic in nature only, but links to those abstracts available online are included.

Integrated Care Discussion Community
Join the Integrated Physical and Mental Health Care Community on Member Bridge to discuss this important topic and swap info with your APNA colleagues. Share resources, ask questions, weigh in on issues important to integrating physical and mental health care.

Recent Developments
Find the most recent information and resources pertinent to integrated physical and mental health care, such as upcoming educational events, reports, initiatives, and more.



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