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Competencies for primary care behavioral health clinicians.


Make Health Whole offers an explanation of the 8 competencies for behavioral health providers working in primary care. This includes videos of the competencies in action and an explanation of the details of each.

Other Good Resources

Miller, B. F., Gilchrist, E. C., Ross, K. M., Wong, S. L., Blount, A., & Peek, C. J. (2016). Core competencies for behavioral health providers working in primary care. In Colorado consensus conference.

McDaniel, S. H., Grus, C. L., Cubic, B. A., Hunter, C. L., Kearney, L. K., Schuman, C. C., ... & Miller, B. F. (2014). Competencies for psychology practice in primary care. American Psychologist, 69(4), 409.

Hoge, M. A., Morris, J. A., Laraia, M., Pomerantz, A., & Farley, T. (2014). Core competencies for integrated behavioral health and primary care. Washington, DC: SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions.


SAMHSA Behavioral Health Integration Website on Recruiting and Competencies.

Competencies for Care Enhancers

The concept of a role called “Care Enhancer” has been endorsed by members of the NH Primary Care Behavioral Health Workforce Initiative. The term was created as a way to organize the array of different

job titles and job descriptions for the many roles in primary care that are not licensed Behavioral Health Clinicians (BHC) or a Primary Care Providers (PCP), but that are involved in providing behavioral aspects of care in primary care settings.

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The roles and competencies of care enhancers (CE)

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