Integrating Mental Healthcare and Primary Care
The importance of integrating mental healthcare and primary care is well established -- and yet the two remain separated in ways that negatively impact patient care and cost. This fragmentation begins with the way providers are trained and is aggravated by the healthcare delivery and payment system. This presentation will highlight the historic divide between mental and primary healthcare, discuss the evidence for integrating the two, and outline strategies for how to get it done.
Following this webinar you will better be able to:
- Understand the evidence supporting mental and primary healthcare integration
- Assess various strategies for better integrating mental and primary healthcare
- Understand the barriers for integrating care
Who Will Benefit?
Primary Care Providers and Administrators
Mental Health Providers/ Community Leaders
Any Healthcare Administrators
Healthcare Media Writers
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About our Speakers
Dr. Miller received his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. He completed his predoctoral internship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he trained in primary care psychology. In addition, Miller worked as a postdoctoral fellow in primary care psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Currently, Dr. Miller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine where he is responsible for integrating mental health across all three of the Department’s core mission areas: clinical, education, and research. He is also the Associate Director of Research and Primary Care Outreach for the University of Colorado Denver’s Depression Center.
Dr. Miller is a co-principal investigator and co-creator of the National Research Network’s Collaborative Care Research Network. He has been the principal investigator on several federal grants examining mental health integration into primary care, and has received funding from AHRQ, SAMHSA, HRSA and local foundations. He has written and published on enhancing the evidentiary support for collaborative care models, increasing the training and education of mental health providers in primary care and the need to address specific healthcare policy for integration. Dr. Miller often travels speaking on clinical, operational and financial components of integrating mental health and primary care as well as the policy implications for these strategies. He is the section editor for Health and Policy for Families, Systems and Health and reviews for several academic journals.
Professionally, Dr. Miller is actively involved in the governance of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA) where he is currently a Board Member representing organizational partnerships and was recently elected CFHA president for 2011- 2012. In Colorado, Dr. Miller is on the board of the Colorado Psychological Association as the Federal Advocacy Coordinator. He has been active within the American Psychological Association for Graduate Students (APAGS) where he held the elected position of Member at Large – Practice Focus from 2006-2008. During his tenure in APAGS, he focused on assessing the needs of practice-focused students while attempting to raise students' awareness of the role of psychology within the larger health care system.
Dr. Miller’s research interests include models of collaborative care, health behavior interventions, primary care practice redesign, using practice-based research networks to advance whole person healthcare, and healthcare policy. Outside of healthcare, Dr. Miller enjoys playing music, rock climbing, and running. He and his family live in Denver, Colorado.