Integrating Behavioral Health: Lessons Learned - 2023 Family Medicine POP!

Although Behavioral Health Integration is one of the three clinical focus areas identified by the California Department of Health Care Services in their 10-year vision for Medi-Cal, primary care providers may have varying degrees of Behavioral Health Integration experience and exposure. In this session, we will share our organization's eleven-year journey towards Behavioral Health Integration, including pitfalls, pearls, and lessons learned.

This session was recorded on August 26, 2023 as part of 2023 Family Medicine POP! Information is current as of that date.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, learners should be able to:

  • Describe at least two existing models of Behavioral Health Integration.
  • List two ways in which primary care providers can either begin or advance Behavioral Health Integration within the context of their own practices.

Target Audience:

This activity is designed for family medicine physicians, and other primary care team members.

Participation and Credit:

There is no credit for this activity.


This activity is supported by the California Academy of Family Physicians. 


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Dr. Geoffrey LeungGeoffrey Leung, MD, MEd

Dr. Geoffrey Leung serves as the Public Health Officer for Riverside County. At Riverside University Health System, he has previously served as the Ambulatory Medical Director, Family Medicine Department Chair, and Medical Staff President. Dr. Leung is a Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the University of California Riverside School of Medicine. He is currently involved in community wellness, integration of health services, and whole person strategies for promoting health. Dr. Leung is passionate about Community Health, Health Equity, Social Determinants of Health, and Population Health. He believes that the experience of the pandemic has reminded us that we are all connected and that we must move upstream in order to effectively protect and promote health. Dr. Leung completed his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine, his Family Medicine training at Kaiser Orange County, and his Master of Education at Harvard. On a personal note, Dr. Leung is married and has two children who help ground and inspire him daily.

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Faculty Disclosure:

Geoffrey Leung has no financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

CME Planners:

The following planners have no financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose: Anita Charles, Jerri Davis, Laurie Isenberg

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