Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care for Special Populations

Nov 15, 2018  02:00 PM  EST

As opioid misuse and injection drug use rates continue to rise across the country, health care providers must consider new and innovative approaches to integrate behavioral health care into the primary care setting. Health centers serve more than 27 million patients across the country, and are a critical resource for the nation’s most underserved and at-risk populations. By incorporating behavioral health into the portfolio of healthcare services, health centers play an important role in increasing access to care for patients with substance use disorder.

Registration for this Learning Collaborative is now full. Please check our Upcoming Webinars section for more learning opportunities.

Participants in the virtual learning collaborative will attend 4 learning sessions. These learning sessions will be hosted from November 2018 through January 2019. Each learning session will be an hour in length and will require pre and post work. Each session will take place from 2 - 3 pm ET. Participants are eligible to receive one (1) CME/CNE credit per module. Up to four (4) credits are available.

The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium is convening a learning collaborative of health center staff to discuss strategies and best practices to integrate behavioral health into the primary care setting and better serve special and vulnerable populations.


  • QI Managers
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Program Officers
  • Nurses
  • Providers
  • Medical Assistants
  • Front Desk Staff


Assessing Health Center Capacity

November 15, 2018 from 2 - 3 pm ET

Participants will assess staff and health IT system readiness for behavioral health integration Participants will share assessment results with facilitators prior to Module 1 to inform a live webinar discussion about preparing health centers to care for patients with substance use disorder.

Patient Engagement in Behavioral Health Integration

December 6, 2018 from 2 - 3 pm ET

This session will outline patient engagement strategies (including motivational interviewing) to optimize behavioral health care in the the health center setting. Facilitators will also discuss cultural competency in behavioral health care, including best practices in terminology used to discuss patients with substance use disorder.

Promising Practices in Behavioral Health Integration

January 10, 2019 from 2 - 3 pm ET

This session will include current information on best practices for integrating behavioral health into primary care, specifically for patients with substance use disorder. Participants will review case studies and engage in a facilitated Q&A session.

Goal Setting for Your Health Center

January 24, 2019 from 2 - 3 pm ET

Participants will work to set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-bound) goals for their own health centers around caring for patients with substance use issues in a primary care setting.


This learning collaborative training is pending for up to 4.0 prescribed credit hours by the American Academy of Family Physicians. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts AAFP CME toward it member continuing education requirements. Participants are eligible to receive one (1) CME/CNE credit per module. Up to four (4) credits are available.

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number and title for grant amount (under grant number U30CS09736, a National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement (NCA) for $1,350,000, and is 100% financed by this grant). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.