What, in the 1990s, was a little understood or respected practice of integrating behavioral and physical healthcare delivery has become a mainstay of privately and publicly funded healthcare, especially for complex, vulnerable, and underserved populations. But the evolution of our field has been wobbly with many remaining conceptual, operational, and financial struggles ahead. This will be an hour-long, moderated dialogue between three CFHA founders and Don Bloch Award winners and with workshop participants. We will discuss what has been gained and lost through our evolution, untapped possibilities and resources, more explicitly addressing health disparities, the pros and cons of growing standardization and professionalization, where we fit in healthcare’s broadening definition of integrated care, and critical research questions.
- Outline the chronology key challenges and important mileposts in the development of the collaborative care field over the past 30 years
- Identify pros and cons of our field's increasing standardization and professionalization
- Describe a vision of research-supported practice that meets healthcare's emerging need for risk-stratified, culturally competent, holistic care