A Caring Alternative, Catawba Valley Behavioral Healthcare, The Cognitive Connection, CCNC/AccessCare and High Country Medical have joined forces to offer our community both primary health care and specialty behavioral health care, all in one location. We provide whole-person integrated care through a team-based approach.
What Is Integrated Healthcare?
Integrated healthcare is changing the way we approach our personal well-being. It is our solution to the costly, fragmented system of care that we've all been accustomed to in the past where individuals had to go from one doctor to the next just to receive a one-dimensional diagnosis and treatment plan that was not able to take into account all aspects of our healthcare needs.
Integrated systems of care employ a team-based approach where various healthcare providers (medical, mental, behavioral, etc) join together to evaluate patients from their respective professional viewpoint in order to provide a more complete diagnosis and a more effective treatment plan.
By joining together, healthcare professionals are able to gain the best possible perspective of your healthcare needs, where they then work together to carry out the most effective treatment plan for you.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says this:
"People with mental and substance abuse disorders may die decades earlier than the average person — mostly from untreated and preventable chronic illnesses like hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease that are aggravated by poor health habits such as inadequate physical activity, poor nutrition, smoking, and substance abuse.
Barriers to primary care — coupled with challenges in navigating complex healthcare systems — have been a major obstacle to care. At the same time, primary care settings have become the gateway to the behavioral health system, and primary care providers need support and resources to screen and treat individuals with behavioral and general healthcare needs.
The solution lies in integrated care, the systematic coordination of general and behavioral healthcare. Integrating mental health, substance abuse, and primary care services produces the best outcomes and proves the most effective approach to caring for people with multiple healthcare needs."
(Read more at www.integration.samhsa.gov)