Behavioral Health Integration in Large Multi-group Pediatric Practice

Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2017 Mar;19(3):19. doi: 10.1007/s11920-017-0770-1.


There is increasing interest in methods to improve access to behavioral health services for children and adolescents. Children's Community Pediatric Behavioral Health Service (CCPBHS) is an integrated behavioral health service whose method of (a) creating a leadership team with empowered administrative and clinical stakeholders who can act on a commitment to change and (b) having a clear mission statement with integrated administrative and clinical care processes can serve as a model for implementing integration efforts within the medical home. Community Pediatrics Behavioral Health Service (CPBHS) is a sustainable initiative that improved the utilization of physical health and behavioral health systems for youth and improved the utilization of evidence-based interventions for youth served in primary care.

Keywords: Behavioral health access; Child and adolescent psychiatry; Pediatric medical home; Primary care integration; Psychopharmacology.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Behavioral Medicine / organization & administration*
  • Child
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Community Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated / organization & administration*
  • Evidence-Based Practice / organization & administration
  • Group Practice / organization & administration*
  • Health Services Accessibility / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration
  • Patient-Centered Care / organization & administration*
  • Pennsylvania
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Psychotropic Drugs / therapeutic use
  • Referral and Consultation / organization & administration


  • Psychotropic Drugs