WTEN: St. Peter’s Health Partners Combines Mental Health Services with Primary Care Practices

St. Peter’s Health Partners’ new Integrated Behavioral Health program was featured in an online article by WTEN/News10.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has given this new Integrated Behavioral Health model Best Practice Recognition in its CMS Primary First Spotlight, a National CMS publication for Primary Care Practices enrolled in the program across the nation.

From the story:

St. Peter’s Health Partners provides primary care practices with a behavioral health manager and a consulting psychiatrist in the treatment of patients that express symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other mental health-related issues. Patients can then receive immediate treatment within their primary care practices with whom they would most feel at ease.

“This is not unique to St. Peter’s. It’s a large problem in our country,” said Susan Mrakovcic-Kane, Supervisor, Social Services, Care Coordination at SPHP. “If treatment is kept in place with primary care physicians across the country, tens of thousands more patients could be reached.”

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