People with mental and substance use disorders face a variety of challenges in the management of their healthcare. As a result of these challenges they may have a lower quality of life and shorter life expectancy. This is mostly due to under and untreated chronic illnesses like hypertension, diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. These illnesses are aggravated by health habits including inadequate physical activity, poor nutrition, smoking, and substance abuse. Barriers to primary care – coupled with challenges in navigating complex healthcare systems – can be a major obstacle to care.
Integrating mental health and primary care services can produce better outcomes and is proven to be more effective than either of these services alone. It is an approach that enables us to care for our consumers with multiple healthcare needs.
In conjunction with our behavioral health services CVBH’s offers a wide range of primary care services that address these chronic and acute illnesses mentioned earlier. The integration of physical and behavioral healthcare services includes coordination and collaboration between all physical health and behavioral healthcare providers to develop a common treatment plan leading to whole person integrated positive health outcomes.
Here is a list of basic services that are or can be provided. It is not a comprehensive list.
-Preventative care and wellness exams
-Treatment of minor injuries and illness
-Management of chronic disease, i.e., hypertension, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, thyroid disorders and cardiovascular disease.
-Women’s health – gynecologic exams and contraception