The American Medical Association has launched its Behavioral Health Integration collaborative for using telehealth to integrate mental and behavioral health services into primary care.

The initiative will bring together the collective expertise of the AMA, the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Physicians, the American Osteopathic Association and the American Psychiatric Association.

“The AMA is committed to accessible and equitable treatment for behavioral, mental and physical health needs, and the BHI Collaborative will provide physicians with a proven playbook for implementing a holistic approach to physical, mental and behavioral health to meet the needs of all patients,” AMA Immediate Past President Patrice Harris, M.D., said.

The announcement follows an AMA-commissioned study that identified challenges to behavioral health integration during the pandemic.