AN INTEGRATIVE CARE APPROACH
Bromwyn Helene, Ph.D., and Patricia Ford, M.D., M.S.
Integration of behavioral health and medicine has gained increased support re-
cently within the new ﬁeld of complementary medicine. Providers from both dis-
ciplines are acknowledging the ‘‘mind-body’’ connection and recognizing the
value of treating the ‘‘whole’’ patient through working within an integrative de-
livery model. This paper describes two treatment programs which were devel-
oped using the principles of the mind-body connection and implemented within
an integrative setting at a large HMO. The results of research studies are pre-
sented and discussed to demonstrate the efﬁcacy of these programs.
Kaiser Permanente’s Northeast Division, formerly Community
Health Plan, is a mixed model HMO covering 600,000 members
in upstate New York, Vermont, western Massachusetts and Con-
necticut. Since its inception in 1977, integration of behavioral
health and medicine has been practiced. In fact, psychiatrists,
psychologists, social workers and substance abuse counselors
were included in the founding staff of the then staff model HMO.
Several integrative care treatment modalities are practiced
Bromwyn Helene, Ph.D., is Staff Psychologist, Northeast Permanente Medical
Group. Patricia Ford M.D., M.S., is Clinical Director-PHIP, Northeast Perma-
nente Medical Group
Address correspondence to Bromwyn Helene, Ph.D., NPMG Behavioral Health
Department, CHP Plaza, Building 5, Latham, NY 12110.
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