How would your healthcare experience be different if you could obtain best-practices mental healthcare and physical healthcare in one place? This topic has been pretty buzzworthy in recent mental health advocacy. For example, Mary Palafox’s essay from IMHRO’s 2013 Brainstorm Essay Contest, Reclassify All Organic Brain Diseases Under Medicine, explores some of the reasons why integrating healthcare might benefit people with severe mental illness. Now, with the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, this integration is gaining steam. One doctor who has dedicated much of his career to this integration process is Roger Kathol, M.D., C.P.E. He joins us on this month’s Brain Waves segment to discuss the whys and hows of healthcare integration, as well as why some stakeholders oppose it.
–International Mental Health Research Organization