Behavioral health integration (BHI) Overcoming Obstacles webinar series

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Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) Collaborative Overcoming Obstacles webinar series

Presented by the Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) Collaborative, this webinar series is dedicated to equipping physicians and their practices with the necessary knowledge to provide and sustain equitable, whole-person care (physical, mental and behavioral health) for their patients and families.

How to Financially Sustain Behavioral Health Integration in Your Practice

Oct. 26, 2023 | Noon CT


  • William Beecroft, MD, DLFAPA, medical director, behavioral health, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan 
  • Nelson Branco, MD, FAAP, physician, Tamalpais Pediatrics 
  • Sandra Chapman, PhD, chief director of Center for BrainHealth, The University of Texas at Dallas 
  • Julia Geiler, MA, technical assistance associate and policy coordinator, Collaborative Family Healthcare Association 
  • Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD, co-director, University of Washington AIMS Center 

Although behavioral health integration (BHI) enhances patient access to quality, whole-person care and overall care coordination, financially sustaining these models has proven challenging for many health care organizations. In this live discussion, experts will share real-world experiences implementing BHI and how physician practices and health systems can make it financially viable for their patients. Gain actionable strategies for practically and financially sustaining BHI, including leveraging currently available billing codes.

Register here for the LIVE event.

View webinar recordings and access presentation documents. 

Improving behavioral health

The integration of behavioral and physical health care is more important than ever as health care organizations work to increase access to essential treatment.

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

With an initial 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 physician organizations 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.