Without understanding the patients who would benefit from a potential collaborative care program the most, finding the right behavioral health professionals becomes a more difficult task.
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Once a patient group is established, there are some practical avenues to explore for PCPs looking to establish trust and strong working relationships with behavioral health professionals and provide exceptional whole patient care.
1. Ask Colleagues
Where does one even start in finding behavioral professionals who are both knowledgeable and willing to collaborate with PCP practices?
2. Ask work colleagues
Chances are other PCPs in the surrounding area have collaborated with behavioral health professionals in the past or are in the middle of a similar process.
This method also acts as a great preliminary vetting process, assuming the PCP’s opinion is respected among colleagues. Gathering several opinions from various PCPs will hopefully contain a diverse group of professionals and provide a great first step in gathering initial candidates.
3. Pick Up the Phone
Collaborating with behavioral health professionals doesn’t have to be a complicated process or large financial investment. Sometimes, it’s as simple as picking up the phone and contacting them.
If there are some clinicians that potentially could be a good fit, reaching out and asking them to lunch is a great casual first step to building a relationship.