Pillar VII: Behavioral Health

Behavioral health is an all-encompassing term focusing on what has traditionally been referred to as mental health, substance abuse and chemical dependencies. Integrating behavioral health within DCC requires effective communication with the participant, their family members and other caregivers. It’s important that behavioral health care be integrated with primary care to help continuity with the interdisciplinary team (IDT), and the participant’s individualized plan of care (IPC), and the delivery of services and supports. Establishing competency in identifying and addressing the behavioral health needs of participants begins by establishing trust with the participant and addressing the fears and barriers they experience in accessing required care.

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Understanding The Pillar

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