Collaborative Behavioral Health Program
Northwestern Medicine offers the Collaborative Behavioral Health Program to bring together behavioral health experts and your primary care physician. Your primary care physician can help you identify symptoms that impact your well-being and then connect you to behavioral health experts to help you manage them.
If you or a loved one is in physical danger because of a behavioral health concern, call 911.
A behavioral care manager in your primary care clinic will work with you and your primary care physician to help you reach your wellness goals. They can offer evidence-based treatments, including psychotherapy or medication if needed. The behavioral care manager will check in with you on a regular basis and provide additional resources while you receive treatment.
This program allows you to receive care in your primary care physician’s office. You can communicate with a behavioral health professional either in person or over the phone.
How the Collaborative Behavioral Health Program Can Help You
You will be screened and referred to the program by your primary care physician. Then the behavioral care coordinator will work with you to:
- Develop a plan of care with your primary care physician and a behavioral health expert.
- Teach you ways to manage your emotional wellness.
- Connect you with community services that can address your specific needs.
- Help you understand your medications and make adjustments when necessary.
Who Qualifies for the Collaborative Behavioral Health Program
To qualify for the program, you must have a Northwestern Medical Group primary care physician. In addition, you should meet the following criteria:
- You are screened for depression and anxiety by your primary care physician.
- You are referred to the Collaborative Behavioral Health Program by your primary care physician.
- You are currently experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety, such as low energy, poor concentration, trouble sleeping or difficulty enjoying things you used to.
What to Expect
When you first enroll in the Collaborative Behavioral Health Program, you will meet with your behavioral care coordinator at your primary care physician’s office for one hour. The coordinator will assess your needs and discuss whether the service is right for you.
Treatment options can include medication and referral to a counselor. Your behavioral care coordinator will provide:
- Weekly coaching calls.
- Continued discussions about treatment recommendations.
- Help addressing any medication reactions or side effects if you choose medication treatment.
- Support during some of life’s obstacles and challenges.
How to Enroll
To enroll in the Collaborative Behavioral Health Program, you must have a Northwestern Medical Group Primary Care Physician. Contact your Northwestern Medical Group primary care physician to ask whether the Collaborative Behavioral Health Program is right for you.