The resource outlines solutions for integrating mental health and substance use care into larger health care systems, with the overall goal of transforming the way behavioral health care is provided in the United States.
It is the latest in an ongoing series of reports from the Biden administration on a national strategy to prevent and treat mental health and substance use disorders. Fact sheets published in March, May and July announced a national mental health crisis strategy characterized by detailed action on three core components:
HHS said the road map incorporates feedback from patients and health care professionals to create a document that “aims to ensure that the full spectrum of behavioral health care will be integrated into the health care, social service and early childhood systems to ensure all people have equitable access to evidence-based, culturally appropriate, person-centered care.”
HHS identified challenges and solutions in each pillar to help
These policy approaches are aligned with ongoing AAFP advocacy for behavioral health integration, including comments to CMS on the proposed 2023 Medicare physician fee schedule and a recent letter to HHS on strengthening primary care.