Mental health has a big effect on physical health — and vice versa. Mental Health Integration (MHI) is an approach to healthcare that focuses on both. One team — led by your doctor — cares for your mental and physical health needs. And it all happens right in your doctor’s office.

Overview of Mental Health Integration

Your doctor uses assessments to identify your need for mental health treatment. You, your doctor, and your team then work together to design the best treatment plan for you. Your plan balances your mental and your physical healthcare needs to treat your whole health. 

Services are provided by your doctor or another MHI team member in your doctor’s office. Team members communicate with each other to make sure you’re getting the care you need.

Mental Health Integration at Intermountain

The goal of our mental health integration approach at Intermountain is to treat the whole person. This allows people to receive the care they need so that they feel better.

We developed a program for our teams to help people with their mental needs as we serve them medically. Our successful treatment models are now utilized in clinics all across the nation, so more people are healthier both physically and mentally.

Your Mental Health Integration Team

A Mental Health Integration team may include the following caregivers:

  • You and your family: You’re the most important team member. You and your family work with your doctor to design the best care plan, and you take an active role in your own care.
  • Your doctor: He or she is the team leader who recommends and explains a care plan, and then manages the plan with the help of your team.
  • Mental health provider: This teammate is a psychologist or social worker who provides counseling and talk therapy.
  • Care manager or health advocate: This is a nurse or medical assistant who keeps in touch with you, connects you with resources and care providers, and helps resolve problems.
  • Psychiatrist or psychiatric APRN: This team member is a doctor or nurse practitioner with special training in mental health treatment who consults on medications and complex emotional illnesses.

All team members communicate and work together. Because of this team effort, MHI has received high satisfaction and confidence ratings from patients, care providers, and clinic staff.

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