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Collaborative Care Education and Resource Guide

The Collaborative Care Model (CoCM) uses a team-based, interdisciplinary approach to deliver evidence-based diagnoses, treatment, and follow-up care to an identified patient population. It is being embraced and adopted in several healthcare systems and payors across the state. Not only does it provide evidence-based care for mental illness and substance use disorders, it is documented to improve access, clinical outcomes, and patient satisfaction. 

This team-based care approach focuses on a new way to leverage psychiatrists and provide evidence-based management of behavioral health conditions in the primary care setting. In addition to improving access, clinical outcomes, and patient satisfaction, the Collaborative Care Model (CoCM) has also shown a return on investment (ROI) of 6:1. The CoCM’s ability to help manage costs for behavioral health conditions and complement the state’s approach to whole-person care makes it an excellent option for North Carolina.

Connect to a Consulting Psychiatrist

The NC Psychiatric Association is helping interested Primary Care Practices find adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrists to serve as the consulting psychiatrist. Complete this form to find a consulting psychiatrist.

Become a Consulting Psychiatrist

The NC Psychiatric Association is helping connect psychiatrists interested in working with Primary Care Practices in the CoCM. If you are a psychiatrist looking to working as a psychiatric consultant, click here to complete our matching form

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What Psychiatrists Need to Know Archives

Each issue of the NCPA News Print Newsletter features a column titled "What Psychiatrists Need to Know About...". The subject matter changes based on important updates and member concerns or questions. See all the archived columns here.

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NC Medicaid

NC Medicaid Managed Care Transformation efforts continue. Standard Plans went live on July 1, 2021, while Behavioral Health I/DD Tailored Plans implementation is currently scheduled for July 1, 2024.


In 2015, the NC General Assembly directed the transition of Medicaid to a privatized managed care structure. For the first time in NC Medicaid history, we will have an integration of behavioral health and physical health reimbursement dollars. In February 2019, NC DHHS announced the four entities that have received contracts to participate as Prepaid Health Plans (PHPs) in Medicaid Managed Care:

  1. AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina, Inc.
  2. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
  3. UnitedHealthcare of North Carolina, Inc.
  4. WellCare of North Carolina, Inc.

A regional contract for Regions 3 and 5 was awarded to Carolina Complete Health, Inc.

Quicklinks to Plan Resources:

NC DHHS | AmeriHealth Caritas | Carolina Complete Health | Healthy Blue | United Healthcare | WellCare

Psychiatrists can and should enroll with both the Standard Plans and Tailored Plans.

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Integrated Care

Over the past decade, the integration of behavioral health and general medical services has been shown to improve patient outcomes, save money, and reduce stigma related to mental health. Significant research spanning three decades has identified one model – the Collaborative Care Model – in particular, as being effective and efficient in delivering integrated care.

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Seclusion and Restraint

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A Psychiatrist’s Toolkit: Supervising NPs and PAs

Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants (NP/PA) have long played an important role in the provision of healthcare in North Carolina. NP/PAs have worked with psychiatrists in every practice setting—private practice, institutions, and particularly community mental health agencies. The traditional multi-disciplinary team approach of psychiatric care has instilled an appreciation for and reliance upon all clinicians in the care of this complex patient population, making the field uniquely situated to embrace the evolving health care delivery system of team-based care, collaborative care, accountable care, and shared savings. To that end, psychiatry’s ability to work with other professionals, to assess skills, and to assist in their development will be even more crucial.

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