The Collaborative Care Model: An Approach for Integrating Physical and Mental Health Care in Medicaid Health Homes
The integration of physical and mental health care is an important aspect of the Medicaid health home model. Collaborative Care is one approach to integration in which primary care providers, care managers, and psychiatric consultants work together to provide care and monitor patients’ progress. These programs have been shown to be both clinically-effective and cost-effective for a variety of mental health conditions, in a variety of settings, using several different payment mechanisms. This brief highlights Collaborative Care as one approach to implementing integrated care under the Medicaid health homes authority.