Mental Health Awareness Month tip: Coordinate behavioral health and medical care


In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to highlight the importance of behavioral health and medical care providers coordinating care of patients with mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Many individuals with behavioral conditions are also struggling with serious medical problems that require treatment from a variety of health care professionals. Coordinated care from health care professionals may lead to improved health outcomes and result in reduced costs, according to Optum Behavioral Health, ConnectiCare’s behavioral health provider.

Medical care professionals can coordinate care by:

  1. Talking about the medications patients take so patients can avoid potential harmful medication reactions.
  2. Providing better management of treatment and follow-up care.

Go to Optum’s website for more resources, including a coordination of care flyer and checklist.