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Primary Care Integration Program

Program Description:Primary Care

The Primary Care Integration (PCI) program provides short term evidence-based approach to depression care at seven ambulatory care clinics throughout Ventura County. Services are provided to Adults and adolescents through coordinated referral between primary care physicians and mental health clinicians. This is a collaborative care model that uses a team approach to the management of depression. Utilizing a team approach to support the patient, the clinician, primary care physician (PCP) and consulting psychiatrist (when indicated) work together to support the health and well-being of the individual – all within patient’s medical home.

Successful Outcomes:

Patients that completed services showed a significant reduction in depression symptoms. 93% of patients at intake reported clinically significant symptoms of depression (based on their PHQ-9 score), at discharge, only 18% reported the same level of symptoms. The average decrease in depressive symptoms from intake to discharge at more than 50%. This indicated clients went from experiencing moderately severe symptoms to having only minimal symptoms.

Services and Supports:

PCI services utilize Evidence Based Practices that have been shown to have favorable application in a primary care setting. They include adult Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Depression Treatment Quality Improvement (DTQI) for teens and young adults, Problem Solving Treatment for Primary Care and an IMPACT like approach that focuses on behavioral activation, depression monitoring and case management utilizing the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9).

To access mental health services, or for immediate help, please call 24/7 1-866-998-2243.

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