Our psychiatrists, Dr. Leonard Lantz and Dr. Krista David, have been trained in Collaborative Care, a model of integrated behavioral health.
Collaborative Care has been shown to improve access to quality mental healthcare and to improve outcomes, including the time to remission of depression. It is one of the few interventions that has been scientifically shown to reduce suicide. In addition, utilizing collaborative care reduces total healthcare expenditures.
Collaborative care, which does not require the psychiatrist to be on site, has superior outcomes compared to the co-location model of integrated behavioral health, in which a psychiatrist is located within the primary care clinic. Because of this, collaborative care appears to be one of the most effective ways to serve patients in primary care clinics in rural and underserved areas.