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New Report Details Benefits of Integrating Medical and Behavioral Care

A new report from the American Psychiatric Association presents evidence that integrated medical and behavioral health care demonstrates promise for providing better care, improving patients’ health and lowering health care costs. According to the report, effectively integrating medical and behavioral health services could potentially save $26-$48 billion.

The report found that under the current models of care, people with treated mental illnesses − including substance use disorders ­− have general health care costs that are two-to-three times higher than those without a mental disorder, pointing to an opportunity for potential cost savings with improved clinical care programs. The full report and other resources are available at www.psychiatry.org/integratedcare.

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