Integrated Health Care
People’s minds and bodies are inseparable — except when it comes to health care. All too often, physical and mental health conditions are treated apart from one another. A growing body of research and experience shows that integrating, or systematically coordinating, physical and behavioral health care to treat the whole person can improve both mental and physical health.
Advancing Wellness & Recovery in Texas
Evaluation Report: Integrated Approach for Children in State Custody
In 2012, Harris County Protective Services received funding from the Hogg Foundation to plan and implement an integrated behavioral health program for children in state custody. The foundation also funded an evaluation of the pilot program. This report provides the results of the evaluation.
The evaluation was conducted by Dr. Toni Watt of Texas State University. Among its key findings are that the majority of children in kinship care in Harris County do not receive behavioral health services, and this is especially true for children age 5 and under. A new integrated model of care can address existing gaps in access to and quality of behavioral health care. Click here to access the full report.