This new whole-person service looks at the comprehensive medical and behavioral health needs of patients so that their whole health is considered and treated. Patients will be able to access same-day behavioral health care, instead of the usual wait to see a therapist. University of Minnesota Physicians Smiley’s Family Medicine Clinic is one of the first clinics to receive the new “Behavioral Health Home” certification developed by the Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services set the following criteria. Patients must:
- Be insured through Medical Assistance, PMAP or both Medicare and Medicaid
- Be diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness or disturbances