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How long does it take to get a degree in behavioral health? 

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With a cursory glance, it may seem that integrated behavioral health providers spend their days exclusively having 30-min office visits with patients.

This is just one aspect of a much larger crisis in behavioral health workforce education.

The authors conclude that medical education must include behavioral medicine in order to improve the health of the public and to meet the demands of a changing health care system.

• They tackle mental health problems early when they first manifest themselves and then take a long term, developmental approach which does not expect immediate answers.

Integrated behavioral health (IBH) holds promise for treating mild to moderate psychiatric disorders in a manner that more fully addresses the biopsychosocial spectrum of needs of individuals and families in primary care, and for reducing disparities in accessing behavioral health care.

In an internal survey of 33 medical providers in an integrated family medicine residency, 97% of respondents report they value behavioral health integration to such a degree that they are more likely to accept a job in a setting that offers integrated behavioral health.

To attain these goals, it is essential to integrate behavioral health services into the patient-centered medical home, because behavioral health problems often first present in the primary care setting, and they significantly affect physical health.

During clinical rotations, behavioral health topics are most likely taught during the family medicine clerkship and, conversely, least likely during the surgery clerkship; furthermore, behavioral health topics are much less likely to be taught by psychiatrists during clinical rotations. Integration of behavioral and physical health in medical education is beginning to occur in a meaningful context.

Results suggest that the Behavioral Health Integration Program model of pediatric integrated care is feasible and that hiring behavioral health staff with specific training in pediatric, evidence-informed behavioral health treatments may be a critical variable in increasing outcomes such as referral rates, self-reported competency, and satisfaction.

If needs are similar after health center expansion, more than 27,000 full time behavioral health providers will be needed to serve 40 million medical patients, and grantees will need to increase behavioral health staff more than four-fold. More behavioral health is seen in primary care than in any other setting, and health center clients have greater behavioral health needs than typical primary care patients.