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Carolinas HealthCare integrating behavioral health in primary care practice

The Charlotte Observer, April 7, 2014
At the same time it opens a new hospital to reduce the shortage of psychiatric beds, Carolinas HealthCare System is also focused on reducing the need for inpatient psychiatric care. It recently launched a program to integrate behavioral health care in primary care settings so patients can get diagnosed earlier and receive prompt treatment before they reach a crisis and require hospitalization. At least 50 percent of every primary care visit involves a patient with an underlying behavioral health problem, said Martha Whitecotton, senior vice president for behavioral health at Carolinas HealthCare.