Integration of Behavioral Health into Primary Care
Integration of behavioral health into primary care is one of five core prevention and promotion strategies of Project LAUNCH. A pediatrician or family physician is often the first person with whom a parent shares concerns or asks questions related to mental health. Early detection of developmental, social-emotional, and behavioral issues and the provision of appropriate supports are critical to children’s success in school and in life. Missouri Project LAUNCH seeks to support integration of behavioral health supports into primary care settings which can include screening children for developmental and social-emotional issues using standardized, validated tools; providing links to appropriate services and coordinating care across systems; and embedding mental health supports directly into these settings.