The Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care minor rotation at the University Family Medicine Boulder (UFMB) Clinic provides interns the opportunity to function as an integral member of an interdisciplinary team to provide whole-person, patient-centered behavioral health and primary care. UFMB is a Level III NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home that serves patients of all ages, including infants, children, adolescents, adults, pregnant women and seniors.
Within this model, clinical psychology interns serve as behavioral health providers (BHPs) who function as consultants to primary care providers (PCPs) and patients by providing brief (15-45 minutes) consultations and short-term episodes of psychotherapy (5-6 visits). Focusing on brief consultation and psychotherapy allows BHPs to be available for other important administrative tasks (e.g., developing registries, implementing quality improvement and research initiatives, and working with clinic leadership to obtain federal and local reimbursement designations) and clinical functions (e.g., precepting, point-of-care interventions, and conducting shared medical appointments with PCPs). Though it can be tempting to function as the “in-house psychotherapist” due to the high need for mental and behavioral health interventions, providing brief episodes of care allows BHPs to function as an integral member of the primary care team as opposed to a “co-located” therapist (i.e., co-location involves providing psychotherapy only in the same location, but with little engagement within the clinic otherwise).