The AMHCA Diplomate, Specialist in Integrated Behavioral Health Care Counseling, establishes the clinical mental health counseling knowledge and skills necessary to support and integrate with medical services. Integrated health care is the systematic coordination of behavioral health care with primary medical services. In order to achieve comprehensive patient health outcomes, Clinical Mental Health Counselors (CMHCs) with this AMHCA Diplomate specialization use their unique perspective of treatment as well as prevention, wellness, and personal growth to coordinate care with medical providers and other health care professionals.
These qualified CMHCs partner with medical professionals and employ their behavioral health skills to reduce the high rates of comorbidity and mortality experienced by individuals with mental disorders. This medical and behavioral health care alliance improves services for patients by treating coexisting physiological and mental health related issues. Working as members of multi-disciplinary treatment teams, CMHC specialists provide holistic behavioral health interventions in order to alleviate emotional and mental distress as well as increase physical health and wellness. CMHCs who earn the AMHCA Diplomate, Specialist in Integrated Behavioral Health Care Counseling possess the knowledge and skills to work with medical providers, other health professionals, state agencies, and third-party payers to ensure superior patient health care outcomes.