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The present study investigates the organization of primary care behavioral health within student health centers and assesses the relationship between organizational structure and practice integration among physical and mental health services. We collaborated with the American College Health Association to distribute a 54 item survey to representatives of each ACHA member institution. A total of 189 (26.3%) surveys were obtained and included 86 (46%) integrated (health/counseling) centers and 101 (54%) nonintegrated centers. Significant differences in levels of practice integration were noted between these two groups. Significant correlations were found between levels of practice integration and the presence of behavioral health staff. The organization and delivery of physical and behavioral healthcare services for students is considerably integrated and collaborative. Adding behavioral health clinicians to the primary care college health setting increases integrated care practice without embarking on full administrative integration of physical and mental health services.
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Name: Journal of American college health : J of ACH
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