Why is Family Planning and Behavioral Health integration so important in Nevada?
Nevada’s unique geography presents many issues for patients seeking healthcare services. The access barriers are especially prevalent in the more rural parts of our state. Integrating services such as behavioral health and family planning into the primary health care model can improve the health of patients on a holistic level. Combining family planning practices into your care model can ensure the use of the most effective family planning methods and decrease unintended pregnancy within your own community.
Integrated health care encourages tight-knit care teams and strong referral relationships. Establishing comprehensive treatment plans addressing the psychological, biological, and family planning needs of patients have positive outcomes for the individual and communities. Evidence suggests that better care coordination, which integrates behavioral health services within primary care, can enhance access to services, improve quality of care, and lower overall health care expenses. What patients need is a team of experts that are committed to working together to improve overall health, from head to toe, inside and out!
What is Family Planning?
Family planning allows individuals and couples to anticipate and attain their desired number of children and the spacing and timing of their births. It is achieved through use of contraceptive methods and the treatment of involuntary infertility. A woman’s ability to space and limit her pregnancies has a direct impact on her health and well-being as well as on the outcome of each pregnancy (World Health Organization, 2014). Family Planning services also include the prevention and treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
How can NVPCA help your practice with integration?
There are multiple integration care models that are suited for diverse primary care settings, NVPCA can help you determine which is best for your practice by:
- Conducting a self-assessment to locate gaps
- Provide a detailed list of the different levels of integration and different models
- Help determine which is most applicable to your setting
- NVPCA will suggest resources, toolkits, and help facilitate stakeholder discussions around integration
Tools for Behavioral Health Integration
- Advancing Behavioral Health Integration Within NCQA Recognized Patient-Centered Medical Homes
- Standard Framework for Levels of Integrated Health Care for Primary and Behavioral Health Provider
- Behavioral Health in Primary Care SAMSHA-HRSA webpage
- A Quick Start Guide to Behavioral Health Integration for Safety-Net Primary Care Providers