The Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center assembled stakeholders from across Colorado to reach consensus on the core competencies for licensed behavioral health providers working in primary care. The process involved a review of published competencies, two online surveys to solicit feedback and revisions, and a day-long meeting to arrive at a set of eight competencies. Dr. Alexander Blount served as consultant for behavioral health competencies and training and Dr. C.J. Peek served as consultant to facilitate the consensus process and help synthesize resulting content.
The competencies are written to apply broadly across a continuum of care from prevention to illness, across the lifespan, across generations, across a biopsychosocial continuum, to be person-centered and culturally sensitive, and to support highly integrated practices with onsite behavioral health providers as members of the primary care team.
More details and practical examples are included in the full competencies document.
The final product, funded by five Colorado foundations and supported by the Colorado State Innovation Model leadership, can be useful to providers, educators, foundations, and payers.