One of the key findings of the Access to Behavioral Health Task Force was the integration of behavioral health services into primary care settings. The St. Louis region is host to several national models including Crider Health Center and Community Treatment, Inc. (COMTREA), which provide physical and behavioral health services under one roof. These organizations represent federally qualified health centers and mental health administrative agents operating as one integrated organization.
Building on these successful models, in 2009 the RHC provided funding to build an integrated physical and mental health organization to serve residents of North St. Louis City as Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Center and Amanda Murphy Hopewell merged operations. To learn more about the operations of this integrated model of care in St. Louis, visit http://www.phcenters.org.