Making Integration Work: Benefits and Challenges
A Story From Southeastern Pennsylvania
The National Association of Social Workers Pennsylvania Chapter (NASW-PA) representative to the Learning Community Leadership, Troy L. Brindle, LCSW, has led his organization in the vanguard of creative approaches to integrated and co-located mental health care. Recent articles in the Chester County and Delaware County Medical Society publications chronicle “The Benefits and Challenges of Behavioral Health Services in the Medical Setting” as experienced at Springfield Psychological. This brief article offers important insight into how this large, multispecialty outpatient practice has, through “persistence, flexibility, and creativity” begun providing co-located mental health services in a range of primary care, patient-centered, medical home model practice settings.