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Problem-Solving Treatment (PST) is a short-term form of psychotherapy developed for primary care and community settings. It is also known as structured problem solving and focuses on improving coping skills. This therapy has been proven effective for the conditions most commonly treated in primary care – depression and anxiety. PST helps patients: Identify problems Come up with realistic solutions And make an action plan to implement them.
In the new world of integrated care, behavioral health providers are becoming increasingly important in their clients’ chronic disease management strategies. While the symptoms and treatment of chronic diseases can vary, there are some common steps that behavioral health providers and care team members can take to assist clients in understanding, accepting, and managing their chronic disease.
The Psychiatry Consultation Line, PCL, offers prescribers from primary care clinics, community hospitals, emergency departments, substance use treatment programs and municipal and county jails the opportunity to consult with a UW Psychiatrist about adult patients (18+) with mental health issues or regarding general questions related to mental health and psychiatric care. The service is explicitly to provide “curbside consultation,” but the UW psychiatrist provides a brief, written summary of the recommendations sent to the calling provider via encrypted email.
Behavioral health and physical health are profoundly interlinked. A person experiencing severe mental illness or a substance use disorder is at greater risk for developing chronic physical health conditions than the general population because of the illness itself as well as potential consequences related to treatment.1 Furthermore, high smoking rates in this population are a major contributing risk factor in the development of cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and cancer.
Upstream is working to expand economic opportunity and mobility by reducing unplanned pregnancy in the U.S. Their approach empowers women to decide when and if they want to become pregnant in order to improve economic and health outcomes for parents, children, and society. This resources covers the different problems surrounding this topic and the solutions taken by Upstream to these issues. 
The SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit - 2018 equips health care providers, communities, and local governments with material to develop practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. It addresses issues for health care providers, first responders, treatment providers, and those recovering from opioid overdose.
Innovative and Integrated Treatment Models: Increasing Impact of Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) through Care Coordination Webinar 2: Case Studies from the Field 1 to 2:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, May 10 Register here
While sociologists, educators, and economists have pointed to the role of social factors in health and well being for decades it has only been in recent years there has been increasing awareness of the crucial role that social determinants of health (e.g., education and income), have on health throughout the lifecourse. As described in a recent article about screening for social determinants in primary care pediatrics, health care delivery sites can make a big difference in connecting patients to community services.
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Online Skills Course for Providers Shared decision making is a key component of patient-centered care. It is the process in which clinicians and patients work together to make decisions and select tests, treatments, and care plans based on clinical evidence that balances risks and expected outcomes with patient preferences and values.