Moving Toward Integrated Health: An Opportunity for Social Work

Victoria Stanhope, Lynn Videka, Helle Thorning, Mary McKay

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With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and ongoing health care reform efforts, this is a critical time for the social work profession. The approaches and values embedded in health care reform are congruent with social work. One strategy is to improve care for people with co-morbid and chronic illnesses by integrating primary care and behavioral health services. This paper defines integrated health and how the PPACA promotes integrated health care through system redesign and payment reform. We consider how social workers can prepare for health care reform and discuss the implications of these changes for the future of the profession.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-407
Number of pages25
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 28 2015


  • behavioral health
  • health care reform
  • integrated health care
  • mental health services
  • primary care
  • workforce training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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