The Case for Behavior Health Screenings in HIV Care Settings, a new publication from the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions, examines how HIV care providers can implement behavioral health screenings. As individuals diagnosed with HIV are living longer, HIV treatment providers should be prepared to address a broad range of health concerns. There is a strong connection between HIV and behavioral health (mental health and addictions). People with HIV are more likely than the general population to have a mental illness or addiction, and vice versa. This report profiles lessons learned from HIV care providers on topics such as:
- Preparing your workforce to conduct and follow-up on screening results;
- Creating a culture that understands the value of screening;
- Setting up technology to make the process seamless;
- Selecting behavioral health staff to be ready for warm hand-offs; and
- Creating effective links to specialty behavioral health care.
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