The Promise of Integrated Health Care

a behavioral health patient talking to his doctor


December 18, 2013


4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Reception to follow


RAND Corporation
4570 Fifth Avenue, Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA

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People with serious mental illness suffer more chronic health problems and die earlier than others. Research suggests that the solution may lie in integrated care — the coordination of mental health, substance abuse, and primary care services.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads national efforts to advance behavioral health, has implemented a grant-making program intended to reduce high rates of chronic physical health conditions among adults with serious mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders through integration of primary care and preventative physical health services into community behavioral health centers. RAND is an evaluator of this groundbreaking program.

One of these SAMHSA-funded projects is happening right here in Pittsburgh. In collaboration with the Squirrel Hill Health Center, the Milestone Center's HealthCare Home Project is making health care more accessible and showing how early prevention and intervention can reduce the occurrence of serious illness.

Join us as we learn about this innovative approach to integrated care and how the outcomes of the RAND study illuminate results-driven options for addressing the special needs of people with behavioral health problems.

Featured Speakers

Deborah Scharf is a behavioral and social scientist at RAND, a core faculty member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and an adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. Scharf was one of two lead researchers on the recently completed evaluation of the SAMHSA Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) grants program.

Andrea R. Fox is an internist and geriatrician who currently serves as medical director at the Squirrel Hill Health Center in Pittsburgh. She provides primary care directly to patients served through Milestone's HealthCare Home Project.

Ken Wood is chief operating officer at Milestone Centers, which provides community-based services and programs to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He is currently leading Milestone's HealthCare Home Project.


Karen Wolk Feinstein is president and chief executive officer of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and its two supporting organizations, the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative and Health Careers Futures.

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