Behavioral health integration webinar series: Value of collaboration & culture

Webinar (series)
Behavioral health integration webinar series: Value of collaboration & culture
Sep 24, 2020

On Sept. 24, 2020, the Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) Collaborative presented the first webinar in the Overcoming Obstacles BHI webinar series: "The Value of Collaboration and Shared Culture in Behavioral Health Integration."

View a recording of the webinar or download the presentation slides (PDF). 



Physician experts provide actionable insights on how best to collaborate with each other to integrate behavioral health within current workflows. They discuss how such efforts can help clinical teams experience less professional burnout, knowing they have enough knowledge and support to meet the needs of their patients.

Webinar attendees had the opportunity to engage directly with the experts via a live Q&A session at the end of the session.

  • Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD–Co-director, AIMS Center, University of Washington
  • Corinne Rhodes, MD, MPH–Assistant professor at Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Karen Smith, MD, PA–Owner, The Family Medicine Practice of Karen L. Smith MD, FAAFP
  • Abigail Schlesinger, MD–Associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

The American Medical Association along with seven leading medical associations have established the BHI Collaborative, a group dedicated to catalyzing effective and sustainable integration of behavioral and mental health care into physician practices.

With a focus on primary care, the Collaborative is committed to ensuring a professionally satisfying, sustainable physician practice experience and will act as a trusted partner to help them overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of meeting their patients’ mental and behavioral health needs. 

The medical associations include: the American Medical Association, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians, American Osteopathic Association, and the American Psychiatric Association.

With an increased number of people reporting worsening mental health in recent years, it is imperative that people are aware of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) telephone program.

People experiencing a suicidal, substance use, and/or mental health crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress can call, chat or text 988, and speak to trained crisis counselors. The national hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The previous National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will continue to be operational and route calls to 988 indefinitely.