Integrated Health Policy and Services

The purpose of this course is to provide intensive study of the evolution of the integration of Primary Care and Behavioral Health services and to provide an opportunity for synthesis and application of learning and practice of policy in this service arena. The course builds on policy content offered in the professional foundation year and links policy to practice and research skills. Diversity, inequality, social and economic justice are continuing themes of study in the advanced concentration year. The content of the course reflects the values of the profession and focuses on the role of the "social policy practitioner" in assisting individuals in the maintenance or attainment of optimal health and mental health, social and economic justice, and recovery and wellness. Theories related to organizational structure and change within an Integrated

Behavioral Health environment and strategies for practitioners to influence policies and promote change in the interest of service consumer, agency, and society will be presented. Opportunities for students will be encouraged for direct involvement in the political and organizational processes used to influence policy and delivery systems.


  1. Need for Integrated Behavioral Healthcare in the United States
  2. Integrated Behavioral Health Models
  3. Legislative Background
  4. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  5. Integrated Behavioral Health and Disparities
  6. Funding for Integrated Behavioral Health Services
  7. Implementing Integrated Behavioral Health
  8. Advocacy

Curriculum Development Team

  • Roseanna McCleary, California State University, Bakersfield
  • Shirley L. Porterfield, University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • Victoria Stanhope, New York University
  • W. Patrick Sullivan, Indiana University
  • Cynthia M. Wiford