Current Issue articles

Parity at last–but will it last?

    For too long a time, there had been significant barriers to accessing behavioral health services for the treatment of mental illness and substance use disorders (SUD). Insurance plans were sold that had no coverage for behavioral health, or had such tight limits on inpatient days and outpatient therapy that they were of little

What is a Behavioral Health Home?

“It has been defined in many ways, but in essence integrated health care is the systemic coordination of physical and behavioral health care. The idea is that physical and behavioral health problems often occur at the same time. Integrating services to treat both will yield the best results, and be the most acceptable and effective

It’s a medical provider’s responsibility to deliver behavioral health support to patients.

  The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 26.2 percent of Americans, or one in four people, suffer from a mental condition in any given year. When you apply the 26.2 percent to the 2004 census estimate, it affects approximately 57.7 million – a massive number of people who could benefit from mental health

The importance of integrating behavioral health and primary care

People with a major mental illness typically die between 14 and 32 years earlier than the general population. They are more likely to suffer co-morbid conditions, such as heart disease, obesity (often a consequence of the long use of psychoactive medications) and addiction related illnesses. Additionally, poverty and poor educational status impact their ability to

Comprehensive approach to opioid addiction and the role of primary care

  It is well established that Kentucky has a significant substance use disorder crisis specifically related to the proliferation of opioids.  In 2015, more than 1200 Kentuckians lost their lives to drug-related overdoses. Statewide, the Commonwealth experienced double-digit increases in 2015 overdose rates: 17 percent in Kentucky and 31 percent in Jefferson County (KY ODPC