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Initiative for Behavioral Health Integration

2021 Integration Conference Offers Valuable Information and Insight

The core mission of the Lipscomb Initiative for Behavioral Health Integration (LIBHI) is to facilitate the integration of mental health services into primary care health centers in the middle Tennessee area. We hope to be a catalyst for behavioral health innovations through training, research, advocacy, and practice. The initiative was initially funded in 2017 with a $2.2 million dollar grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2021 the program was awarded an additional $1.36 million to continue its mission to train Clinical Mental Health Counseling students interning at health clinics treating people who are geographically isolated and economically or medically vulnerable.

This July, LIBHI held its annual Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration Conference. The conference highlighted evidence supporting programs and practices for the integration of behavioral health in primary care and other integrated health care settings. Special attention was focused on health disparities and medication assisted treatment for substance use disorders.  

Conference participants learned to:
  • Define health equity and identify social determinants of health
  • Identify  drivers of health disparities in Tennessee
  • List ways that social determinants of health impact the clinical decision making process
  • Describe the current opioid crisis in the Middle TN area
  • Discuss medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for substance use disorders and opioid use disorders
  • Explain how stigma and bias create barriers to effective treatment of substance use disorders and opioid use disorders

Lipscomb University, Department of Psychology & Counseling, Graduate Studies in Counseling, has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider,  ACEP No. 4585.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Lipscomb University, Department of Psychology and Counseling, Graduate Studies in Counseling, is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Conference Speakers (see bios below):

  • Eboni Winford, Ph.D., MPH
  • David Patzer, M.D.

View the 2021 presentation here.

View the 2020 presentations here.

View the 2019 presentations here.

View Dr. Winford’s Day 1 slides View Dr. Winford’s Day 2 slides

View Dr. Patzer's Slides

Conference Speakers

Eboni Winford, PH.D., MPH

Director of Research and Health Equity at Cherokee Health Systems

David Patzer, M.D.

Medical Director of Addiction Services at Mental Health Cooperative