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Community mental health centers provide mental health care for individuals with complex needs and often limited resources. For these individuals, co-occurring physical issues can be common and deadly – partially explaining the massive gap in life expectancy compared to the general population. Policy can drive better integration of primary care services into mental health settings and ensure that individuals who need specialty mental health services receive whole-person, comprehensive, and coordinated care.
Having to navigate multiple types of specialty care in different settings with different treatment regimens can be a challenge, especially when individuals are already facing pressing mental health difficulties and other stressful circumstances.
Segregated financing often makes it difficult for specialty mental health settings to offer integrated, onsite primary care. And while Congress has initiated some innovative financing opportunities, community mental health centers have not been meaningfully included in most payment reform efforts.
Specialty mental health hasn’t been included in most health information technology initiatives, making it difficult for them to provide integrated care and participate in different kinds of payment reform. Current regulations on data sharing create barriers for sharing some kinds of information, which make integration all the more challenging.
To be effective, mental health solutions need to address individuals' range of identities based on race, ethnicity, language, gender, or gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, veteran's status, or life circumstances. We recommend meaningful policies to combat a harmful legacy of one-size-fits-all solutions.Explore our recommended policies for focus populations
Such centers provide mental health care for individuals with the most complex needs and often limited resources. Read our proposed policy solutions to improve care.Download One Pager