Primary Care Development Corporation
Special Projects Fund
November 2018- October 2019
Behavioral health disorders are among the most prevalent health conditions in New York State, with more than 20% of New Yorkers presenting at least one symptom of a mental disorder in a given year, and 10% experiencing mental health challenges significant enough to impede daily functioning.
Depression and anxiety disorders are recognized as independent risk factors for the development of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and poor health outcomes, including mortality. These co-morbidities lead to devastating and costly consequences when the behavioral health conditions of individuals with chronic illnesses go unaddressed, and vice versa. One innovative approach to improve health outcomes and reduce health care costs is to integrate and co-locate behavioral health and primary care services for patients. As New York State pivots from a fee-based to a value-based payment system, integrated and/or co-located services are instrumental to improving quality and health outcomes.
In 2018, NYHealth awarded Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) a grant to conduct a case study to develop a blueprint for the effective implementation of a co-located behavioral health and primary care integration model.