Supporting Community Health Centers

Community health centers play a critical role in delivering primary healthcare services to low-income Californians. Increasingly, this is also true for behavioral healthcare services. Findings from a 2014 survey of low-income Californians indicate that patients prefer to receive mental health or substance use treatment from providers within or affiliated with their primary care center, but few feel like they currently have access to these services. 

 

While some progress has been made, there are a number of issues that continue to be important for community health centers to address as they embark on the next phase of their integration efforts. These include increasing staff capacity to a level commensurate with patient need, using data and registries to measure improvement, delivering more culturally and linguistically appropriate services, and improving screening and treatment for substance use conditions.

Partners leading this work across California include:

 

California Primary Care Association

Community Health Clinic Association of Los Angeles County

Health Improvement Partnership of Santa Cruz

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