NCQA Distinction in Behavioral Health Integration

NCQA Distinction in Behavioral Health Integration helps primary care practices better integrate behavioral healthcare into their practices. This Distinction acknowledges PCMH recognized practices that excel in this area.

What is Behavioral Health Distinction?

NCQA Distinction in Behavioral Health Integration is available to NCQA-Recognized PCMHs. Standards are based on input from clinicians and thought leaders and on industry best practices.

Primary care practices can download the standards, perform a gap analysis and implement changes to align with the standard requirements. Practices submit evidence to NCQA to validate alignment with the standards to earn distinction.

To learn more about Distinction in Behavioral Health Integration:

Lessons From the Field

  • As part of the March 2, 2021, Association PCMH Office Hours, Emily Hutt from Healthy Community Health Center shared lessons learned from their organization’s successful experience obtaining NCQA Distinction in Behavioral Health Integration. She also shared the Center’s eCW Care Planning Module created to systematize workflow.
  • CLICK HERE to watch a recording of our conversation with Emily Hutt, from Healthy Community Health Center (50 mins).
  • CLICK HERE to view Healthy Community Health Center eClinicalWorks (eCW) Care Planning for Behavioral Health module.