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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island

 

Primary Care Behavioral Health

Tracy O’Leary Tevyaw, Ph.D., PCBH Team Leader
401-273-7100 Ext. 3617

Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) is an interprofessional treatment team that is fully integrated into Primary Care:  it is co-located, collaborative care and a key element of Patient-Aligned Care Teams (PACT) in Primary Care at the VA.  This model of care involves an open access model for warm handoffs (veterans referred by their Primary Care Provider and seen by a PCBH team member immediately after their primary care visit, on the same day), depression care management, and disease-specific consultation and evidence-based brief treatment for a variety of issues, including depression, stress, anxiety, trauma-related issues, substance use issues, adjustment problems, relationship issues, bereavement and loss, and coping with a wide range of medical issues, including diabetes and other metabolic conditions, insomnia, chronic pain, smoking, and obesity/weight management.  We also facilitate referrals to specialty mental health services for our veterans as needed.  The PCBH team works closely with Primary Care staff to provide veteran-centered care to our veterans and their family members.  PCBH staff conduct brief assessments and interventions, including individual treatment, couples treatment, group treatment, and medication evaluation and management, all within the Primary Care setting.