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A Family Guide: Integrating Mental Health and Pediatric Primary Care


This guide for families provides practical information about integrated care and how this approach can improve the quality of care children receive in pediatric primary care settings. The guide defines integrated care, outlines the benefits of this approach to care delivery, and explains how the approach works in a medical home setting.

Topics covered include the following:
  • Integrated care: what is it?
  • At a glance: steps to integrated care
  • Why integrated care makes sense for families
  • How integrated care can benefit your family
  • The medical home and integrated care
  • How families can become more involved in the integrated care movement
  • Making the case for integrated care
  • Integrated care in the real world: model programs

Links to the Tool:
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National Alliance on Mental Illness

Funding Sources

National Alliance on Mental Illness; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

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  • Release Date: 11/2011
  • Original Summary: 07/2013
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Last updated: July 16, 2014.