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Overcoming Barriers to Integration of Behavioral Health, Primary Care in NJ

A new report tackles the issue

While behavioral health (mental health and substance-abuse treatment) has traditionally been provided separately from the physical healthcare system, research shows that integrated clinics that treat the “whole person” result in better patient healthcare outcomes and lower costs of care. Throughout the country -- including here in New Jersey -- efforts are underway to build new, integrated models of care. Yet clinicians on the ground who have led pioneering integration projects have reported that their efforts are significantly impeded by the State of New Jersey’s complex policies and practices.

To fully understand and surmount these barriers, The Nicholson Foundation supported a team led by John Jacobi, JD, at the Seton Hall University School of Law to examine New Jersey's policies and practices and work with state agencies and healthcare stakeholders to implement solutions and facilitate behavioral health integration. In this NJ Spotlight webinar, Jacobi discussed his major findings, while Dr. Kemi Alli of Henry J. Austin Health Center in Trenton gave the perspective of primary-care providers on the ground seeking to integrate behavioral health into their work.

Moderator:
Lee Keough
Editor-In-Chief, NJ Spotlight

Introduction:
Barbara Kang
The Nicholson Foundation

Speakers:
Kemi Alli, MD
Chief Executive & Medical Officer, Henry J. Austin Health Center in Trenton

John Jacobi, JD
Dorothea Dix Professor of Health Law & Policy and Director of the Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy, Seton Hall University School of Law

Ali presentation

Jacobi presentation


Sponsor:
The Nicholson Foundation

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