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Target Populations


Though much of the collaborative work in primary care settings has focused on seniors (including the widely-adopted IMPACT model focusing on treating depression in the elderly primary care population), “The Best Beginning: Partnerships between Primary Health Care, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for Young Children and Their Family” by Elisa Rosman et al. 2005, centers on the other end of the age spectrum.  NAMI focuses on the role families can take in promoting integrated care for minors in “A Family Guide: Integrating Mental Health and Pediatric Primary Care” (2011).

Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care for Children and Youth (2013), developed for SAMHSA-HRSA’s Center for Integrated Health Solutions, outlines differing models for delivery of service, core competencies and financing mechanisms for providing care to minors with behavioral health conditions.

HRSA’s Bright Futures in Practice: Mental Health Volumes I and II provide hands-on tools for health professionals and families to assist in behavioral screening, care management and mental health education for children.  The mental health component of Bright Futures, a health promotion initiative, informs primary health professionals about the essentials of mental health promotion; identifies the support that minors need for good mental health; and provides a framework for developing and implementing mental health promotion programs and policies in a variety of settings.

Psychologists and Pediatricians: Opportunities for Collaboration in Primary Care (T. Stacin et al, American Psychologist, 2014) describes how these two professionals can work together in an integrated system to promote health behavioral changes in children.

Johns Hopkins Center for Mental Health Services in Pediatric Primary Care contains publications and descriptions of current projects on this topic.  The Amercian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry also has resources for collaborative efforts in primary care.

Homeless Population

The HCH Clinician’s Network’s publication, Healing Hands, explores “Integrating Primary and Behavioral Health Care For Homeless People” in their May 2006 issue, Vol. 10, #2.

African Americans

The Office of Minority Health of the US Dept. of Health and Human Services issued a consensus statement and recommendations for “Pathways to Integrated Health: Strategies for African American Communities and Organizations” (2011).

Substance Abuse

For more information about alcohol and substance abuse, go to the SUBSTANCE ABUSE CONNECTION section and the Learn More section of this website.


The Commonwealth Fund’s “Reducing Care Fragmentation: A Toolkit for Coordinating Care” provides advice and information about increasing connectivity among all care resources.