Integrated Behavioral Health has been defined as “the care that results from a practice team of primary care and behavioral health clinicians, working together with patients and families, using a systematic and cost-effective approach to provide patient-centered care for a defined population. This care may address mental health and substance abuse conditions, health behaviors (including their contribution to chronic medical illnesses), life stressors and crises, stress-related physical symptoms, and ineffective patterns of health care utilization.”
Peek CJ. Lexicon for behavioral health and primary care integration: Concepts and definitions developed by expert consensus. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2013. Available from: https://integrationacademy.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/2020-06/Journey%20Toward%20a%20Lexicon.pdf. Accessed August 2, 2018.