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Associated Faculty

Eva Quirion NP, PhD; Jordan Porter, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Sponsoring Academic Department

School of Nursing

Publication Date

Spring 4-22-2024

Abstract/ Summary

The integration of mental health services into primary care settings is crucial for addressing the holistic well-being of individuals, particularly in light of the interconnected nature of physical and mental health. However, prevailing gaps persist, marked by a shortage of mental health professionals, limited resources, and enduring stigma surrounding mental health treatment. Notably, the state of Maine faces significant challenges in ensuring equitable access to mental health care, with a substantial portion of the population lacking sufficient support. The COVID-19 pandemic has further underscored the urgency of integrating mental health services into primary care, amplifying existing challenges and necessitating adaptive strategies. Collaborative care emerges as a pivotal approach, emphasizing coordinated efforts among primary care providers, mental health specialists, and other healthcare professionals. Successful implementation of integrated mental health services requires multifaceted strategies, including workforce training, policy reforms, technological innovations, community engagement, and patient education. Despite challenges, evidence supports the efficacy of collaborative care models in improving patient outcomes, reducing healthcare costs, and promoting resilience in healthcare systems. Moving forward, prioritizing the integration of mental health services into primary care is essential for fostering comprehensive, patient-centered care and building healthier communities.


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