Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care: A Closer Look at the Policy Opportunities and Challenges


Daniel E. Dawes, JD
Attorney, healthcare strategist, commentator, and author of "150 Years of ObamaCare"

Session Details

Date and time: Tuesday, April 4, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Learning track: Health Equity
Learning level: Beginning

Session Description

This workshop will examine the laws and policies from President Carter's mental health reform efforts to the present that have had a significant impact on the country's behavioral health system. Four major behavioral health-related statutes under the Obama administration will be examined along with the opportunities and challenges that the new administration and Congress present for integrating behavioral health and primary care.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Gain insights into behavioral health equity through an exploration of its historical context and prioritization via federal laws and public policies.
  • Plan a way forward to integrate care and promote health equity by addressing the social and behavioral determinants of health.