Health reform, post the passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, has highlighted the need to better address critical issues such as primary care, behavioral health, and payment reform. Much of this need is subsequent to robust data showing the seemingly uncontrollable growth of healthcare costs, and the exacerbation of these costs for patients with comorbid behavioral health and medical conditions. There is increasing recognition that incorporating behavioral health in primary care leads to improved outcomes and better care. To address these problems, primary care will play critical roles across the healthcare system, especially in the delivery of behavioral health services. Psychologists are uniquely positioned to take advantage of this propitious moment and can help facilitate the integration of behavioral and primary care by developing competencies in integrated care, training a capable workforce, and advocating for integrated care as the status quo.
Keywords: Behavioral health integration; Integrated primary care; Payment reform.