Many psychiatric illnesses, including depression, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse are diagnosed and treated in primary care settings. The Center is at the forefront of efforts to partner psychiatrists with primary care physicians to improve the recognition and treatment of these disorders.
Piedmont Health Services
The Center provides psychiatric consultation as part of an evidence-based practice for depression screening in primary care (IMPACT) at Piedmont Health Services. The program started in 2011 at their Carrboro Community Health Center site and has focused on individuals with poorly-controlled diabetes. This program is being expanded to include the clinic in Scott, NC, and will also focus on their chronic pain population.
Additionally, Piedmont Health Services serves as the primary care consultation piece of the Center’s Health Home that combines psychiatric and physical care in an integrated care model.
Carolina Advanced Health
The center collaborates with Carolina Advanced Health to provide behavioral health consultation as part of a new model of primary care that offers a comprehensive team-based approach for patients with chronic medical conditions. Carolina Advanced Health was created by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and UNC Health Care to deliver a more personalized level of care. Robin Reed, MD, a psychiatrist, serves as the center's link to this exciting new initiative.