Integrated Behavioral Healthcare in Primary Care

Pediatrics and Behavioral Care

Family Medicine and Behavioral Care

Integrated Behavioral Healthcare: Did you know that some of the best outcomes for folks with medical disorders AND emotional disorders occur when the mental health provider is in a Primary Care Physician’s (PCP) office? There are many studies that show that folks

  1. feel better,
  2. function better, and
  3. pay less when a mental health provider is in the PCP’s office.

CCBT has negotiated with one PCP group, and is looking to do so with others in greater Columbus. If your PCP doesn’t have mental health providers in the office, discuss with your PCP the possibility of having CCBT co-locate an office in their offices.

PCP offices: If you want to consider co-location, contact Dr. Arnold at CCBT to discuss piloting our model on a minimal basis. Often the first step is one of our affiliates in your office for 3-4 hours, one day a week, to minimize any intrusiveness. After a few weeks, the PCP office can see if there’s benefit and elect to continue forward or not.

Ohio Center for Pediatrics Parents: If your child is seen at COPC’s Ohio Center for Pediatrics, CCBT has hours in that office.  Please contact your pediatrician in that office for a referral if you want to be seen.  Also, CCBT will send you paperwork, but you can obtain some of the forms we’ll ask you to fill out here:

If your a parent and want to see what cool things are available when you can have behavioral healthcare integrated into your pediatrician’s office, check out these handouts/tips developed for a pediatric office by Dr. Doug Tynan and others.

More on Integrated Care

]If you want to learn more, visit the American Psychological Association’s Center for Psychology and Health ( and take a look at these videos from the American Psychological Association (provided here with permission from the APA) or check out this great resource from IHI on integrating care.

A key reason for integrating behavioral healthcare is to accomplish the IHI Triple Aims, so that patients have a positive experience, population costs go down over time, and the health of the United States improves.