Sing Tao – AACI Awarded Grant by Santa Clara County Department of Mental Health
August 1, 2012
Integrating Mind and Body in Primary Care
Under the current medical model in the U.S., patients are provided with brief episodic primary care visits that often results in a bottleneck phenomenon – patients have many questions, preventive care and psychosocial needs and physicians are equipped with the knowledge and resources; however, patients and doctors are only connected in 15 minute visits.
Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) was selected and awarded a grant by the Santa Clara Department of Mental Health to provide integrated healthcare to address this bottleneck phenomenon. The goal is to provide stigma free, holistic, coordinated and effective care to patients by integrating behavioral/mental health and primary care services. Clinical psychologists Dr. Jorge Wong, Lindsay Ip, and Chief Operating Officer Pancho Chang at AACI further explains how integrated care is more patient centered, clinically and financially more effective. The Integrated Behavioral Health Program will use evidence-based therapies for patients and expect at least 50% symptom reduction within 12 weeks.