Update, 2014: The finished (and still growing) Integration Academy website is here.
I’m en route today to New Orleans for a meeting about adding something back in to primary care that used to be there, a long time ago: care for behavioral and mental health issues. The project is to unite mental health with primary care.
It’s worth explaining why this is being fixed, and why I’m involved. First, please watch this presentation by Ben Miller of the University of Colorado, an expert voice in the field. It describes the NIAC (National Integration Academy Council), a new project of AHRQ, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. This New Orleans trip is for a meeting of NIAC, of which Ben is a leader and I’m a member.
NIAC is the steering committee for AHRQ’s Academy for Integrating Mental Health & Primary Care: