Help for the Front Line: Approaches to Behavioral Health Consultation for Primary Care Providers

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The goal of this study was to better understand whether Primary Care Providers (PCPs) identify a need for a PCP-to-behavioral health (BH) provider consultation program for adult patients with mental health conditions and substance use disorders (SUDs), and whether they would utilize such a program. Additionally, the study sought to understand the type of BH conditions providers encounter, the proportion of adult primary care patients with BH needs, and the challenges PCPs face in supporting adult patients with BH conditions. These findings are intended to help stakeholders understand how a consultation program might be best structured to provide evidence-based support to PCPs and, in turn, their patients with BH needs.