CIN Resource Page: Behavioral Health Integration and Total Cost of Care

With a focus on substance use disorders


A key aspect of improving behavioral health integration and managing costs is more effective integration of substance use disorder treatment into primary care and other settings. This resource page from the California Improvement Network (CIN) consists of a short list of relevant resources, to help health organizations more effectively integrate medical, behavioral health, and substance use disorder care.

Resources are organized reverse-chronologically and cover the following topics:

Getting Started: Clinical and Care Coordination Frameworks

These resources will help providers and care teams better understand recommended frameworks for effective care coordination between behavioral health and medical care.

Behavioral Health Integration and Managing Costs

These resources describe the cost implications for different integrated care delivery models, as well as barriers and solutions related to regulation and funding models.

Opioid Addiction Treatment

These resources detail how organizations are reversing opioid addiction using medication-assisted treatment in the emergency department, during primary care visits, while providing ambulatory care, and at the patient’s home.

  • Treating Addiction in the Primary Care Safety Net: Implementation and Lessons Learned
    A project summary of a Center for Care Innovations’ program that provided tailored technical assistance on implementing and sustaining medication-assisted treatment services to address opioid addiction. (Center for Care Innovations, July 17, 2018)
  • Opioid Safety Video and Webinar Library
    The California Opioid Safety Network’s library of videos and webinar recordings of best practices regarding opioid addiction treatment. Covers topics ranging from treating opioid addiction in the emergency department to treating opioid overdoses.
  • Approaches to Opioid Use Disorder Medication-Assisted Treatment Guideline (PDF)
    San Francisco Department of Public Health offers prescribing assistance for providers, clients, and the interested general public to increase the effectiveness and safety of opioid use disorder medication-assisted treatment in the ambulatory care setting.
    (San Francisco Department of Public Health, November 2, 2017)
  • Recommendations for Take-Home Naloxone (PDF)
    San Francisco Department of Public Health’s info sheet on take-home naloxone, an overdose-reversing medication. Covers methods for clients to obtain naloxone, different factors that should be considering when selecting a naloxone product, and tips for client education. (San Francisco Department of Public Health, November 2, 2017)

Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment

These resources identify the different components of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) and offers guidance on approaching alcohol use disorder.

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