AHRQ Releases Integrated Care Competencies

In March of 2015, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released Provider- and Practice-Level Competencies for Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care. Accompanying these competency sets is A Guidebook of Professional Practices for Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration. 

This work was conducted under the auspices of Westat by a project team and an expert panel of advisors. The competencies were derived from a review of the literature and relied heavily on 24 sources deemed highly relevant to the project. The report contains a unique section that addresses practice-level or organization competencies grouped under five categories: workflow and operations, administration and leadership, practice culture, team structures and roles, and organization support.

The Guidebook was derived from observations, interviews, and document reviews conducted in eight primary care organizations judged to be high performing and to have strong integrated behavioral health care components. The practices identified in the document are, in many ways, the tasks that mirror the competencies identified through the literature review. The provider level competencies in these reports are very consistent with the SAMHSA and CIHS sponsored competency set authored by the Annapolis Coalition and released in January of 2014.


The AHRQ reports are available online.

The competency set authored by the Annapolis Coalition is available online as well.


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