The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the urgent need for the coordinated provision of both primary and behavioral health services. Beyond the medical impact, this public health concern has the potential to increase rates of mental health illness. As primary care and behavioral health clinics navigate unprecedented barriers in maintaining patient access and engagement, our own “pre-existing conditions” such as provider burnout and patient struggles in navigating complex systems of care have only exaggerated.
Drs. Anthony Salerno of the NYU McSilver Institute and Andrew Philip from Primary Care Development Corporation in New York City discuss implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for integrated care, and the importance of not only continuing this work, but redoubling efforts to deliver the most comprehensive care, regardless of the delivery site. Dr. Philip has experience integrating behavioral health within numerous medical settings including acute trauma and intensive care, psychiatry, and primary care.