FPCN’s Integrated Behavioral Health program allows the health center sites to offer Behavioral Health services within the context of Primary Care. Behavioral Health Consultants (BHCs), trained either as Licensed Psychologists or Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners work side-by-side with Family Nurse Practitioners at most FPCN locations.
The goal of the BHCs services is to develop and implement brief problem-focused treatment plans that include both medical and behavioral interventions focused on improving function and quality of life. The goal of the Psych NPs is to increase support of the medical and behavioral interventions by assisting with medication management. Patients are taught behavioral strategies to help them adhere to medical regimens, new coping mechanisms, stress reduction strategies, and pain and/or disease management techniques.
The Integrated Behavioral Health team provide clinical support in partnership with physical health care regarding concerns such as panic, anxiety, depression, sleep struggles, chronic pain, ADD/ADHD, childhood development, substance abuse, domestic violence, and more. Patients accessing services through FPCN health centers may see a BHC/Psych NP at any time during clinic hours. People with more serious conditions or with disorders that require more intensive treatment may be referred to outpatient Behavioral Health or to local organizations that provide appropriate services.