Integration Policy Initiative Report

The Integration Policy Initiative (IPI) builds on the significant work already underway in California, incorporating models developed in California and nationally that are intended to improve general healthcare, primary care, the integration of mental health (MH) and substance use (SU) services with primary care and the integration of primary healthcare with MH and SU services. There are tensions among these systems in California, as there are in other parts of the country— the legacy of many years of working in silos as well as a chronic lack of funding.

While policy and financing barriers must be addressed at the state and national levels, collaboration to achieve the IPI Vision must be addressed at the local level, in each community. The IPI Report is intended to support primary care and MH/SU providers in their future work to improve the integration of these services.