Behavioral Health Department
Primary Care Integration Program
The Primary Care Integration (PCI) program provides short term evidence-based approach to depression and anxiety care at eight ambulatory care clinics throughout Ventura County. Services are provided to Adults and adolescents through coordinated referral between primary care physicians and mental health clinicians. This is a collaborative care model that uses a team approach to the management of depression. Utilizing a team approach to support the client, the clinician, primary care physician (PCP) and consulting psychiatrist (when indicated) work together to support the health and well being of the individual – all within the client’s primary care setting.
Clients that completed services showed a significant reduction in depression symptoms. 93% of clients at intake reported clinically significant symptoms of depression (based on their PHQ-9 score), at discharge, only 18% reported the same level of symptoms. The average decrease in depressive symptoms from intake to discharge at more than 50%. This indicated clients went from experiencing moderately severe symptoms to having only minimal symptoms.
Services and Supports:
PCI services consist of the utilization of several Evidence Based Practices that have favorable application in a primary care setting. They include adult Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Depression Treatment Quality Improvement for teens and young adults, Problem Solving Treatment for Primary Care and an IMPACT like approach that focuses on behavioral activation, depression monitoring and case management utilizing the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9).
To access mental health services, or for immediate help, please call 24/7 1-866-998-2243.