A New Type of Health Care Team


The separation of behavioral health care from physical health care creates barriers to individuals accessing the right care at the right time in the right place. Integrating behavioral health services into the primary and specialty care clinical settings breaks down those barriers. Yet, “integrated behavioral health care” is not merely locating mental health professionals into the physical health clinics. Integrating behavioral health professionals involves expanding the primary care team beyond the physician, advanced practice provider and clinic nurse to include care managers, triage social workers-therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists – all collaborating together as the primary care team of health care professionals. With collaborative care teams, patients are able to receive the care needed for the ongoing treatment and management of chronic conditions as well as health care promotion. It is only through the strategic use of technology to facilitate communication and collaboration that truly effective “integration” can occur in rural settings. We see this as a model that can potentially garner national and international attraction due to its applicability to a variety of rural and remote settings.

IHW Locations:

  • South Lake Pediatrics, Maple Grove and Children’s West in Minnetonka
  • Wayzata Children’s Clinic, Mound
  • Fridley Children’s and Teen Clinic, Fridley

Services are provided by the following professionals

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Advanced Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychologists
  • Coach Therapists

Services may include the following

  • Mental Health triage and assessment
  • Medication Management
  • Brief therapeutic interventions

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